IDs and Login Information

Knowing what online resources are available to you and how to access them is an important part of being a successful student. To help protect your student information, please remember to keep all your ID numbers, PINs, and passwords confidential.

As a Harvard Extension School student, you have two identification (ID) numbers and associated login credentials:

DCE ID number and PIN

Your DCE ID number uniquely identifies you within the Division of Continuing Education. It was assigned to you, along with your DCE PIN, the first time you created an online services account. Together, your DCE ID and PIN provide initial login access to Harvard Extension and Summer School online services. Once you claim a HarvardKey (see below), you may discontinue use of your DCE ID and PIN.

Where do I find my DCE ID number and PIN?

Your DCE ID number begins with the “@” symbol. If you do not know your DCE ID number, you may request it from the online services login page. You may also visit Enrollment Services at 51 Brattle Street with a government-issued photo ID.

If you do not know your DCE PIN, you may reset it on the online services login page.

Harvard ID Number and HarvardKey

Your Harvard University ID number (HUID) uniquely identifies you within Harvard University and allows you to claim a HarvardKey. If you are new to Harvard, your Harvard ID number will be issued, activated, and viewable in online services generally within two business days of your course registration.

Your HarvardKey is your login and password for most Harvard University web applications, services, and e-resources. Once your Harvard ID number is issued and activated, you can claim your HarvardKey at key.harvard.edu and use your HarvardKey to access the following resources:

  • Extension School online services
  • Course websites and online video courses
  • Harvard computer and email accounts
  • Harvard library e-resources
  • MessageMe, the Harvard emergency text notification system

If you have already claimed a HarvardKey, your previous credentials will continue to work. If you do not remember your username or password, please visit key.harvard.edu to recover them.

Two-Step Verification

As part of claiming your HarvardKey, you will also set up two-step verification. Two-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your Harvard account and will be required to access HarvardKey-protected resources and applications beginning February 23, 2017. With two-step verification, you verify your HarvardKey logins with a device in your possession (generally a mobile phone). For more information on the steps and requirements for using two-step verification, please visit the Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) website.