New Students

Welcome to the Division of Medical Sciences community!

This page provides information about upcoming orientation events and resources for navigating the transition to graduate school.

Massachusetts Travel Order


Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.



Please consult the GSAS New Students Page to access information about important dates, the Professional Communication Program for New International Students, GSAS-wide welcoming events, and read some advice on thriving at GSAS. As of the end of April new students should have received instructions from GSAS concerning the following. If you did not receive this information, please reach out to your Program Administrator.

  1. (1) Claiming your Harvard Key
  2. (2) Accessing your Harvard Email Account
  3. (3) Uploading your Harvard ID Photo
  4. (4) Protecting your Computer
  5. (5) Reviewing Terms and Conditions of Registration
  6. (6) Reviewing Health Requirements and Insurance
  7. (7) Housing

Start Date

Due to COVID-19 crisis, July 1 early rotations will not be available this year. Instead we will plan to see you in August. Please check with your individual programs for their orientation events to determine when you need to arrive on campus.

DMS Orientation


August 24th  DMS Orientation (1pm– 2pm EDT)
   DMS Culture and Community Workshop (2:30pm - 4:30pm EDT)




There are many housing options available to DMS students in both Longwood and the Cambridge campus.



Health Services (HUHS)

Visit HUSHP to learn about Harvard’s student health insurance, or contact HUSHP Member Services at 617-495-2008.




All incoming students are required to submit immunization forms to HUHS, due on June 12, 2020. You can find information and forms on the HUHS website.


International Students

Your dedicated point person at the Harvard International Office is Darryl Zeigler. Feel free to contact Darryl with any questions regarding your status as an international student. 


When you arrive at Harvard, you should report to the Harvard International Office (HIO) with your passport and visa documentation. HIO staff will walk you through a brief registration process and provide information to help orient you to the area.



The August stipend check comprised of half a month of Stipend $1,690, and a one-time Relocation Allowance as indicated in your offer letter.  From September on, your monthly stipend check will be $3,380.


Important Dates
Fall 2020


July 27, 2020
Fall 2020 Check-In opens in my.harvard


GSAS Academic Calendar 2020-2021


August 10, 2020
Crimson Carts Opens for Fall Courses


August 17, 2020
Course Registration opens


August 26, 2020
Course Registration Deadline


Fall term course registration for all students, including special students, due by 11:59 p.m.


Students must submit enrollments for minimum course load (typically 16 credits) at my.harvard by 11:59 p.m. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged $40 for each week late.


* After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.


September 2, 2020


Check-in Deadline – September 2, 2020
First meeting of fall term classes


Check-In by visiting and log in with your HarvardKey. Instructions can be found by visiting the FAS Registrar’s Office and selecting the GSAS registration tab. Then, follow instructions at my.harvard to enroll in your courses during the first week of classes.



Our full program calendar can be found here.

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