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As a GSAS or Harvard College student, you will be asked to check in online at the beginning of each term.


During check-in, you can:

You will be provided with important documents such as:

  • U.S. Voter Registration Forms (learn how to register with TurboVote)
  • FERPA information
  • Massachusetts Hazing Laws

Check in now

When to check in:

  • Fall 2021 check-in opens for GSAS students on Monday, August 2, 2021.
  • Fall 2021 check-in opens for Harvard College students on Monday, August 2, 2021.
  • The Fall 2021 check-in deadline for all FAS students is Monday, August 16, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.   

Checking in late:

You cannot register for courses until you check in.

If you don't check in by the stated deadline:

  • You risk losing financial support (loans, tuition & stipend grants cannot be processed for non-registered students)
  • You may be charged a non-reversible $50 late check-in fee 
  • Your Harvard ID may no longer be active and you will not have access to any Harvard services (library, athletics, dining, housing, etc.)
  • You may not have access to UHS health insurance
  • Your federal student loans may go into repayment
  • International students will risk losing their visa

Common Questions

How do I know if I have successfully checked in?

Your check-in hold will be lifted and removed from the "To Do" box in your my.harvard student home.

I checked in, but there is still a hold on my record.

There are a variety of holds that can prevent you from enrolling in courses but not from checking-in. View instructions in the IT Help Center.

You can click on the To-Do items in my.harvard to learn more about each hold. You must resolve your hold with the office that initiated it. For example, if you have a UHS hold you must contact University Health Services directly to address the hold. Here is a description of the more common holds you may encounter:

  • Advising: This is a hold that requires you to meet with your advisor before enrolling in courses. Your advisor releases this hold in order to virtually sign your study card.
  • Term Bill: If you have a balance on your student account you will need to pay the full amount in order to have this hold removed. If you are anticipating financial aid to be disbursed you may wish to contact your financial aid officer.
  • UHS/Immunization: University Health Services places and removes holds for students needing to provide documentation of their immunization records.
  • International Office: International students may be required to visit the Harvard International Office before enrolling. This office will remove the hold once you have visited them.

Why is my concentration AB when I have not declared yet?

During check-in, non-concentrators will notice that their concentration description is Bachelor of Arts (AB). Please note that the description will not change to Bachelor of Science (SB) until you formally declare a concentration.