The goal of academic advising at Harvard is to help students transition to college academics, prepare to declare a concentration, and delve deeply into their chosen field of study. Starting the first year, advisers help students immerse themselves in the intellectual life of the university, develop plans of study that best cohere with their evolving interests, and take full advantage of the many intellectual enrichment opportunities that Harvard offers. Academic advisers are an essential part of students’ advising networks in the College. The Advising Programs Office supports students and their advisers in forming lasting and effective mentoring relationships.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University exists to support the academic mission of Harvard College and the GSAS by ensuring every student has full access to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. The ARC supports Harvard’s students in developing reading strategies, time management skills, and metacognitive approaches to learning.
Students have access to
- peer tutoring
- academic coaching
- skills-based resources
The staff at the ARC collaborate closely with each student’s advising network. At the ARC, you can find workshops to help you develop time management skills, plan your semester, enhance your reading and retention, and approach your problem sets.
Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA)
The Office for the Arts at Harvard 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 artmaking, connects students to accomplished artists, commissions new work and partners with local, national and international constituencies. By supporting the development of students as artists and cultural stewards, the OFA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts are a vital part of life.
The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run, community-based, nonprofit public service organization affiliated with Harvard College. For more than a century, PBHA has offered vital experience to generations of leaders in service while strengthening partnerships between college students and local communities. Today, 1,500 volunteers participate in more than 80 programs serving 10,000 low-income people in Greater Boston. PBHA brings the creativity and enthusiasm of students together with the guidance of professional staff and the knowledge of community members to offer inspired and effective year- round programming.