Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the library?

Alumni have complimentary access to Andover-Harvard Theological Library and to ATLASerials®, an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals. To gain access to the library and the ATLASerials® database, send an email to alums@hds.harvard.edu that includes your full name and degree year. After a member of the staff has verified that you are a graduate of the School, you will be sent login information to access the database.

How can I stay connected with HDS?

Update your contact information. The most important thing you can do to stay connected with HDS is to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information, particularly your preferred email address. 

Alumni and friends of HDS can update their address in the following ways:

  • Alumni can log in to their alumni.harvard account and update their contact information through the online form. If you are a graduate of HDS and you would like an account or would like to access your existing account, please visit www.alumni.harvard.edu.
  • Send an email to alums@hds.harvard.edu. Be sure to include your name, affiliation to HDS, and your new contact information.
  • Call Michael Goetz at 617.496.5480.

Read alumni publications. HDS alumni receive complimentary subscriptions to the HDS Current e-newsletter, the semi-annual Harvard Divinity Bulletin magazine, and to Harvard Magazine.

Follow HDS on social media. Connect to HDS and fellow alumni through any one of our growing social networks. These include:

Attend an event. Alumni are welcome to attend all public HDS events and events sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association. HDS also hosts regional and campus events for alumni.

Share your work and your news. Alumni are invited to submit previously unpublished essays, articles, or poetry to be considered for publication in Harvard Divinity Bulletin. HDS alumni are also encouraged to send their news for inclusion in HDS Current. Submit story ideas, news, alumni notes, or news about recent publications to alums@hds.harvard.edu. Alumni notes also can be submitted online through alumni.harvard.edu. Recently published a book? Email that information to us at alums@hds.harvard.edu.

What if I can't travel to Cambridge?

  • Phone information sessions. Offered generally from April to November during the normal academic year and on Wednesday afternoons from June to August during the summer, these 15-minute conversations provide prospective students an opportunity to have their individual questions answered by a member of the admission staff. To register, please see the Calendar of Events for Prospective Students.

  • Virtual information sessions. We offer online information sessions hosted by members of the admissions staff. To register, please see the Calendar of Events for Prospective Students.

  • HDS on the road. We travel all over the United States during the fall to meet with prospective students. Check our travel calendar below to see if we will be coming to your area.

Do you have any special events for prospective students?

  • Open House for Prospective Students: Theological Education Day. Offered yearly in November. The registration link is available online during the fall.

  • Diversity and Explorations. A selective, three-day program in November for talented undergraduates whose background and experiences suggest a commitment to diversity and social justice. HDS pays for travel expenses for selected participants. To receive information, complete our Request Information form and we will contact you when the application for Diversity and Explorations becomes available.

Which HDS community events can I attend while I'm on campus?

  • Community Tea. Most Tuesdays during the academic year. Hosted by the Office of Student Life from 3:30 to 5:15 pm, Community Tea offers a chance for students, faculty, and staff to engage in informal conversation over beverages and food. It is a time to relax, refuel, and reconnect with the community. If you are interested in attending Community Tea, please come to the Office of Admissions at 3 pm on Tuesdays to sign in and obtain a visitor pass.

  • Noon Service. Most Wednesdays during the academic year. Hosted by a different religious community of the HDS campus, this service allows all in the HDS community to pray and meditate with our companions across the boundaries of our many respective traditions. If you are interested in attending Noon Service, please come to the Office of Admissions at 11:30 am to sign in and obtain a visitor pass.

  • HDS public events. Available during the academic year. Our public events provide a glimpse into the vibrant academic and spiritual community on campus.

  • CSWR public events. Available during the academic year. The Center for the Study of World Religions sponsors a variety of formal and informal academic programs designed to engage scholars and students of religious studies in what is becoming an increasingly globalized field. These programs include lectures, film screenings, conferences and colloquia, panel discussions, and more. CSWR events are wide ranging, covering the historical study of the religions of the world, as well as lived traditions and current events. CSWR events that are open to the public are listed on the CSWR Public Events calendar. Video and audio presentations of recent lectures are available on the CSWR News page.