Information for New Graduate Students

Save the Dates!  SEAS and GSAS Orientations

In order to help prepare you for life as a student at SEAS, new graduate students attend the following orientations:

More information about the events will be posted on this page and at the above links over the summer.


Please see here for all GSAS-related deadlines.  We've listed a few of the really important ones below.

May 15, 2016 Deadline to notify Accessible Education Office of special needs
May 16, 2016 Deadline to submit Financial Certification for Students Who Are Not U.S. Citizens Form
June 15, 2016 Medical forms due to Harvard University Health Services
August 1, 2016 Fall tuition payment due - only relevent to Master's students
(PhD students: SEAS and/or GSAS will post your Fall tuition and fees to your student account, including health insurance, over the summer. This applies to students being funded by SEAS fellowships as well as students who are funded with external-to-SEAS fellowships.  We will notify you when we do so.)

Academic Registration and Enrollment

SEAS graduate students register for each term and enroll in classes using the FAS Registrar's Online Registration page.  Be sure to select the "GSAS Registration" tab midway down the page.  Information for academic year 2016-17 will appear during the summer.

SEAS Grad Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 24

Maxwell Dworkin Lobby

33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Preliminary schedule:

  •  9:00am - Breakfast and Registration
  •  9:45am - Welcoming remarks, and photo with John A. Paulson Dean of SEAS Frank Doyle
  • 10:20am - Program overviews
  • 11:00am - Break
  • 11:15am - How to Succeed as a Graduate Student faculty panel discussions
  • 12:15pm - Lunch with faculty
  •  1:00pm - Topical Orientations: Health & Safety [mandatory], Career Services, Communcations
  •  2:30pm - Break
  •  2:45pm - Being a Graduate Student at SEAS discussion with current grad students
  •  3:45pm - Ice Cream Social!