Admitted Students

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Welcome

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 Odeviz Soto, admissions officer, at admissions@hds.harvard.edu to plan your itinerary.

One HARVARD

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

Sierra Fleenor
Troubled by the tension between academic life and spiritual life, I came to HDS looking for answers. Through my courses I began to explore the ways in which the academic and the spiritual can be integrated. Whereas they once seemed like divergent paths, vocation and calling now feel synonymous.
—Sierra Fleenor, MTS '12
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