Admitted Students

Students studying Greek in library


Congratulations on your admission to HDS! We hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about all that HDS and Harvard have to offer.

Visiting campus

We strongly encourage admitted students to visit campus. A visit allows you to make a personal connection with students, staff, faculty, and campus life. It is also a good opportunity to learn about Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Boston. The events below are open to all admitted students. If you are unable to attend these events but would like to schedule a campus visit, please contact the admissions office at to plan your itinerary.


One HARVARD, hosted by the Office of the President and the Provost, is designed to promote a diverse and inclusive graduate community by welcoming newly admitted students to Harvard University. This event will provide useful resources and information and will allow admitted students to connect with various University members, including faculty, current graduate students, and administrators. Any interested students are welcome to attend; however, we strongly encourage those from historically underrepresented groups to participate, given our goal of recruiting and retaining students from diverse backgrounds. Registration information will be emailed to all admitted students.  

Admitted Students Reception

The Welcoming Social Mixer is an opportunity to socialize with Harvard Divinity School alumni, staff, and newly admitted students. Registration information for the Social Mixer will be emailed to all admitted students. 

Open House for Admitted Students

The day-long Open House for Admitted Students includes panel discussions on degree programs, community, and spiritual life; opportunities to meet with faculty during classes, office hours, and lunch; campus and library tours; and a panel on housing. Registration information for the Open House will be emailed to all admitted students. 

Housing resources

Information about Harvard housing is available from a number of sources:

Resources for non-Harvard housing are also available, including Harvard affiliates who are looking for a roommate.  

Connecting with the HDS community

Once you decide to enroll at HDS, you will be invited to join the HDS Facebook group for incoming students, and you'll be offered an opportunity to connect over the summer with a current student who can answer questions as you prepare to begin classes in the fall. 

Over the summer, you will hear from the orientation coordinators as they get ready to welcome you to campus. You'll also receive information about your Harvard ID, required forms for enrollment, and other information that will help you prepare for life at HDS.

HDS Voices

William A. Graham
William Graham

I envision a place where interfaith and cross-cultural understanding is always on a personal level and comes naturally rather than being an objective. By working on shared problems in the history and practice of religions, shoulder to shoulder with persons of different faiths, cultures, races, ethnicities, and viewpoints, one discovers most tangibly the common humanity shared with others very different from oneself.
—William A. Graham, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Member of the Faculty of Divinity