Degree Privileges

Once you are admitted to a Harvard Extension School degree program, you gain additional privileges outlined on this page.

Priority Registration

You have the privilege of enrolling in classes before the general population. See the calendar for dates.

Reduced Harvard Summer School Tuition Pricing

Admitted degree candidates pay the Harvard Extension School tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate credit in Harvard Summer School courses. This includes three- and seven-week courses as well as on-campus and online courses and represents a significant cost savings. Study abroad and noncredit courses are not eligible for the tuition discount. All you need to do is register for a Harvard Summer School course as usual, and the reduced pricing will be automatically applied during the final step of the process. 

ID Card Privileges

You are eligible for a Harvard University photo ID card that grants you access to benefits like the Harvard libraries and Harvard museums.

Athletics and Dining

You can purchase discount athletics privileges, open a Crimson Cash debit account, and dine on campus.

Study Spaces and Collaboration

The Harvard Library website offers the Find a Space tool that allows you to search for group study rooms and the availability of amenities like printers, scanners, and food and drink policies. In addition, the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center offers comfortable and convivial gathering spaces for Harvard University students, faculty, academic personnel, staff, and visitors. While three floors are open to the general public, you have the option to reserve additional space just for Harvard affiliates.

Harvard University Services and Organizations

Innovation Lab

The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs, a cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. It consists of the i-lab for current Harvard students, the Launch Lab for Harvard alumni-led startups, and the Life Lab, a wet lab for alumni-, student-, and faculty-led life science ventures. The i-lab provides co-working space, extensive workshops, advising, and supportive community to help Harvard students move their startup ideas forward.

Access to the i-lab is available to all full-time, admitted degree candidate students during the fall and spring semesters. E-mail idcards@extension.harvard.edu if you have trouble accessing the i-lab as a full-time, admitted degree candidate student.

If you are a part-time, admitted degree candidate student taking eight to twelve credits in good standing with no prior or current warnings or disciplinary sanctions, you may petition the Career and Academic Resource Center to obtain access to the i-lab as a part-time student during the fall and spring semesters only (this opportunity is not available in the summer). Access can be renewed as long as subsequent registration meets the eight credit minimum and the i-lab endorses the renewal. To petition, simply e-mail your request to carc@extension.harvard.edu and note “i-lab Part-Time Student Access” in the subject line. If deemed acceptable, your request will be approved and you will be contacted by CARC with directions on how to proceed.

Part-time, admitted degree candidate students who petition the Career and Academic Resource Center are also eligible to apply for the Venture Incubation Program (VIP). VIP is a thrice-annual program run by the i-lab to help eligible teams of students develop, expand, and execute their start-up ideas, platforms, and designs. Examples of initiatives and companies developed by recent Extension School participants in VIP include Ace-up and Agenda28. To learn more about VIP, visit the i-lab’s VIP info page.

Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program

Harvard President Drew Faust, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, has established the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program to provide funding to students interested in pursuing public service work during the summer. Deadlines are in early February.

Office for the Arts at Harvard

The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) supports student engagement in the arts and integrates the arts into University life. Through its programs and services, the OFA teaches and mentors, fosters student art making, connects students to accomplished artists, commissions new work, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. The OFA enables students to explore an art form in depth and to work directly with professional artists in a wide range of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships. The OFA also sponsors Arts First, a weekend of artistic celebration each May.

Phillips Brooks House Association

Phillips Brooks House Association is a student-run public service organization at Harvard University consisting of nearly 80 program committees and more than 1,800 student volunteers, and serves close to 10,000 clients in the Cambridge and Boston area.

To volunteer, attend the PBHA open house that is ordinarily held during the first of week of classes each fall and spring term.

Institute of Politics Forum

This Harvard Kennedy School institute hosts the JFK Jr. Forum, the premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. The forum regularly hosts heads of state and leaders in politics, government, business, labor, and the media. Be sure to sign up for e-mails so you won’t miss an important event at the forum.

Writers at Work

The Harvard Writers at Work lecture series focuses on the ways that writing, by those at Harvard, connects academic and professional work and the broader public. The series is co-sponsored by many University entities, including the Harvard Extension School Journalism Graduate Program.

The Harvard Chaplains

The University's interfaith coalition of chaplains, Harvard Chaplains, offers on campus services and guidance for members of many world religions.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is the place to explore student organizations. While some organizations are limited to Harvard College students, others are open to members of the entire Harvard Community. Once you find an organization that interests you, email the contact person to inquire if Extension School degree candidates can participate. Degree candidates have enjoyed participating in the Harvard Chorus, ballroom dancing, and much more.

Student Research and Employment

You can work as a research assistant for an instructor through the Faculty Aide Program. Or search for nonworkstudy jobs at the Student Employment Office.

Academic Support

Each degree program has a dedicated, professional advising staff who supports you from admission to graduation.

In addition, the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) at Harvard provides on-campus academic counseling for many issues affecting academic performance (e.g., test anxiety, time management, perfectionism) to a limited number of candidates on a referral basis. Find information about BSC and other academic support resources at Academic Skills Building.

BSC also offers a two-week, noncredit speed reading course. Their world famous Reading and Study Strategies Course is offered on campus at the beginning of each semester (fall, spring, and summer term). Degree candidates receive a 50 percent discount, so it is just $75. To register and pay, please contact the BSC directly.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services at Harvard University provides extensive career resources to admitted degree candidates. Visit Career Services to learn more about how the office can help you.

Harvard Off-Campus Housing

Harvard University Housing has engaged Off Campus Partners to create an apartment rental listing for Harvard University Affiliates. On the site you can view maps, photos, and more. You are invited to post a listing for a small fee or search the site for free. There is also a free roommate matching section. 

Harvard University Online Directory

Your name, school affiliation, and e-mail address is automatically included in the public and internal Harvard University online directories. In the internal directory, your ID card photo also displays. You can request that your information be removed from the directory or only viewable by the Harvard community. To request a change, submit the privacy level selection form to the Harvard Extension School Registrar’s Office.

Harvard Extension Student Association

The Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) is the umbrella organization for all student groups at the Extension School, including organizations such as the Harvard Extension Business Society, the Harvard Extension Veterans Organization, and many others. Degree candidates are voting members of HESA. Visit the HESA website for more information. See the full list of HES Student Clubs here

Harvard Graduate and Professional Student Government

The HGSG is the official student government for all graduate and professional schools of Harvard University. If you are a master’s degree candidate, we encourage you to get involved.

Beyond Graduation

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.

Registration is Open!

Spring course registration is open through January 27. Interested in a 3-week January session course? Register by December 19. You can browse the course catalog.