Dean's Welcome Letter

Dean's Welcome Letter

The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of the world's greatest institutions of advanced learning, alive with the intellectual energy and dedication of its members. Each year we seek to admit an outstanding group of applicants to join a remarkable, collegial community of students, faculty, and staff deeply committed to expanding the boundaries of human knowledge and understanding.

Between matriculation and graduation fall what many of our graduates consider to be some of the most fulfilling years of their professional lives, years spent immersed in an unparalleled academic environment with peers of outstanding ability and creativity, focused on the most compelling challenges of their chosen fields of study.

At the end of this exciting and intense course of study, our PhD and master's degree recipients go on to hold positions in the front ranks of research and teaching, policy and administration, across the United States and throughout the world.

If you are thinking of applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, you are contemplating joining a community of 55 different departments and programs, hundreds of courses, and scores of laboratories, libraries, institutes, and centers; of undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty members from every corner of the globe. It is a community that you will shape by your presence as you form and test your own ideas, challenge and learn from your mentors and students, and expand your intellectual horizons while honing your expertise.

We choose our students with great attention and care precisely because we are so deeply invested in their development and the important and unique contributions to knowledge and society that they will offer. We hope that you will consider joining us in the remarkable intellectual and social experience that constitutes the pursuit of a Harvard graduate degree.

Xiao-Li Meng, PhD '90
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics