Check-In and Registration for Resident Students

Students who are registered and enrolled in courses (including Reading and Research or time-equivalent courses) and who are engaged in full time degree work, regardless of their physical location, are considered resident students. Resident students must check in and register via for four courses (16 credits), regardless of whether they are taking courses, conducting research, or teaching (see the Academic Calendar for deadlines).

Students engaged in degree work full-time, primarily with non-Harvard resources, for the majority of an academic term, must file an application for non-resident status

  • A semester-long course that meets every week typically equals four credits.
  • Students should have accepted their financial aid and the associated terms and conditions prior to registration.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions. 
  • Resident Students may apply to waive the Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Resident students residing outside Massachusetts will be charged 50% of the Student Health Fee
  • Students should meet with an advisor prior to registration.
  • Students who do not check in by the deadline will incur a $50 late fee.
  • Students who do not register will incur a charge of $40 per week, will be charged tuition from the beginning of the term, and may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence also known as administrative leave.
  • Students enrolling after the course registration deadline must follow the “add” process in my.harvard.
  • Students cannot register at another Harvard School or academic institution or enroll in more than one degree program at GSAS or elsewhere (students participating in a combined degree program should see Study at Another Harvard School in the Non-Resident Student section).
  • In certain circumstances, GSAS may require that, prior to enrollment, a student meet the terms or conditions set forth in written contract. See Leaves of Absence for more information.

Registration Holds

Students cannot register if they have a hold on their student account. Failure to clear a hold by the course registration deadline will result in late fees.

  1. An Advising Hold indicates that a student has not been approved by an advisor to register.
  2. A Financial Hold indicates an unpaid or unaddressed student account balance. Students should contact their Financial Aid Officer.
  3. A Medical Hold indicates a student has not submitted required immunization documents to HUHS Health Information Services/Medical Records.
  4. An HIO Hold indicates that an international student has not presented the necessary credentials to the Harvard International Office.
  5. An Admissions Hold indicates that required official transcripts have not been submitted to the Office of Admissions.
  6. Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) Hold indicates that the agreement has not been approved.
  7.  A Title IX Training Hold indicates that required training has not been completed. [Hold removed for fall 2020]
  8. A Registration Survey Hold indicates that the assigned survey has not been submitted. [Hold removed for fall 2020]


Registrar's Office
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 450
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: 617-495-1543
Fax: 617-495-0815

Office Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday