Freshman Dean's Office


Phone: (617) 495-1574


“The Freshman Dean’s Office is responsible for all aspects of the first year at Harvard College as students make the transition from home and high school into a new and diverse community.”

Click here to learn more about the FDO.

Residential Life

First-year students live in dormitories within or adjacent to Harvard Yard.  Each dorm entryway is presided over by a member of the FDO team – a Proctor – who also lives in residence.  Proctors provide students with academic guidance, assist students in their personal and social transition to college life, and help enforce the College’s rules and regulations.  The freshman dorms are divided into four administrative Yards (Oak, Ivy, Crimson, and Elm), each overseen by a Resident Dean of Freshmen (RDF).  The RDFs are responsible for the health and well-being of students in their Yard.  In addition they are the chief academic officers for students in the first year, serving as academic advisers, tracking students’ academic progress, and sitting on the College’s Administrative Board.


The FDO sponsors numerous social, cultural, and educational programs throughout the year, and also offers financial support through First-Year FUNds for students to plan their own events.  

New Students

New students can find useful information here concerning

In addition, you can also read copies of all the mailings you received from the College before the start of freshman year here.