Computer and e-mail accounts

As an Extension School student, you are eligible for a free Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) computer account that provides login access at FAS computer labs. It also provides login access to Google Apps for Harvard where you can open a Harvard Gmail account.

  • To create an FAS computer account, visit FAS Account Management (you need your Harvard ID number and PIN).
  • To opt-in to Google Apps for Harvard and open a Harvard Gmail account, follow the step-by-step instructions at “Getting Started” on the Google Apps for Harvard site.
  • To receive Extension School communications via your Harvard Gmail account, update your contact information in online services.

These accounts remain active for the duration of the term for students who remain registered in at least one course (with the exception of admitted degree candidates, whose accounts remain active for the duration of the program). Accounts are not eligible for extension.

If you have an existing FAS computer and email account, you may continue to use your current accounts without any disruption in service. You may choose to opt-in to Google Apps for Harvard at any time. New email accounts will no longer be created for students.

Computer labs and printing facilities

Computer labs and printers are available in the Science Center and at 53 Church Street. Grossman Library in Sever Hall also has computers available for use.


For all Extension School students, printing is free at 53 Church Street and in the Grossman Library. Color and black-and-white printing is available at the Science Center for a small fee and you must have a computer account (see above) and money in your printing budget.

Establishing a printing budget

Extension School degree candidates: you may use Crimson Cash, a debit account accessed through your Harvard ID card, which allows you to transfer money to your printing budget. For assistance, visit the HUIT Walk-In Support Center in the Science Center basement.

You may also purchase printing budget funds with a credit card by signing in with your FAS username (the part before the @ symbol) and password at You are responsible for monitoring your own printing budget. Any balance that remains in your printing budget is nonrefundable.

Computer discounts

Registered students are eligible for special student pricing on computer hardware and software from Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and GovConnection. You may review these special prices via online services under “Computer Product Discounts” once you are registered. For Dell and Microsoft products, you need a Harvard University ID and PIN to view prices and purchase items.

Computer help

HUIT Support Center

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a primary provider of IT services to the Harvard community.

For help setting up your computer and e-mail accounts and for general computer support via phone or email, please contact HUIT at (617) 495-7777 or e-mail

For in-person assistance or one on one personal computer support, please visit the HUIT Walk-In Support Center in the basement of the Science Center, B14.

See the HUIT Support Center hours.

53 Church Street help desk

Staff at the 53 Church Street computer lab are available to assist you. See the lab schedule. You can also call the lab for assistance at (617) 495-5485.