Once you are admitted to the program, you gain a variety of privileges, including discounts and priority registration.
Benefits before you are admitted to the program
By registering for a course, you are eligible for benefits and resources like:
- Computer labs
- Tutoring in writing and math
- Workshops on career, academic, and graduate school topics
- Discounts on computer software and hardware
- Access to approximately 3,000 databases and journals through Harvard Libraries
Details can be found in the Resources and Benefits section.
Benefits after you are admitted to a program
Program candidates have the privilege of enrolling in classes before the general population. See the calendar for dates.
ID card privileges
As a candidate in a degree or diploma program, you receive a photo ID card that opens the doors to a number of benefits, including library privileges. To learn about the benefits and how to obtain your card, see the degree candidate ID card information sheet.
Harvard University Online Directory
Effective December 2012, Extension School degree candidates are included in both the public and the internal Harvard University online directories, along with candidates from all other Harvard schools. Following is the information that displays for Extension candidates in the public directory: Name, school, email address. In the internal directory (“Harvard Connections”), candidates’ ID card photos also display.
Inclusion in the directory is optional and is governed by privacy level. The default privacy level setting for Extension candidates is “(5) Public” but candidates have the option of changing it to “(4) Inside Harvard” or “(1) Restricted.” To request a privacy level change, please fill out and submit to the DCE Registrar’s Office the Privacy Level Selection Form, which is also available the “Degree and Certificate Candidates” menu in online services.
As a registered candidate, you can purchase athletic privileges at a discount (see the athletics website), open a Crimson Cash debit account for on- and off-campus purchases, get help with your apartment or home-buying searches with the Harvard Real Estate Services, and dine on campus.
Using your Harvard ID card, you can search for nonworkstudy jobs—such as research and library positions—at the Student Employment Office. Also see Faculty Aide.
Each degree program has a professional advising staff. In addition, the Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel provides academic counseling to a limited number of candidates on a referral basis. Find information at Study Skills and Tutoring.
The Office of Career Services provides a variety of career resources. Visit Career Services to learn more about how the office can help you in your career search. Additionally, the Career and Academic Resource Center offers a few workshops each semester just for degree candidates.
If you are currently registered in courses or are pursuing a thesis or internship, you may order business cards with the Harvard Extension School shield. You must be in good academic standing with no disciplinary action or charges pending.
Example of degree representation on card: Harvard University Extension School, Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), Biotechnology, Concentration: Bioinformatics
The purpose of a student business card is to display degree candidacy at the Harvard Extension School, and only this affiliation can be displayed. This relationship must be clearly stated by displaying both the Extension School insignia and the names Harvard University and Extension School. No other insignias, school, department, or affiliations are permitted. In addition, only your University issued FAS e-mail address may appear on the card; personal or business e-mail accounts will not be approved.
To order cards, visit the Mail Services website and fill out the Extension School order form.
Harvard University housing
Full-time master’s degree candidates who are currently registered in courses are eligible to live in Harvard University Housing. Students must receive approval from the Harvard Extension School prior to submitting an application to Harvard Real Estate Services. To apply for approval, submit the Harvard University Housing Form to HousingConfirmationRequest@dcemail.harvard.edu.
Harvard Extension Student Association
The Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) is the umbrella organization for all student groups at the Extension School. Program candidates are voting members of HESA, and many of the organization’s events and activities are open to all Extension School students. Visit the HESA website.
Harvard Extension Alumni Association
Alumni can attend the many events sponsored by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association (HEAA). For information about upcoming events, see the HEAA website.
Harvard Alumni Association
Alumni of the Harvard Extension School also have access to the benefits of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The HAA is the official alumni association of Harvard University, and it sponsors events, continuing education opportunities, and activities around the world. To find out more, visit the HAA website.