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The Academic Resource Center (ARC) works with College students to help them bring out their academic best. Through one-on-one sessions accountability groups and hours, and group workshops, academic coaches introduce students to techniques for managing time, reading strategically, studying effectively, building better habits, and much more. They also assist students with prioritizing goals, creating accountability structures, customizing their learning environment, connecting with instructional staff, and finding the resources they need.
The Accessible Education Office (AEO) works with Harvard College students with disabilities to ensure equal access to all aspects of college life at Harvard including academic accommodations. To make a request for reasonable accommodations in a course, undergraduate students should contact the Accessible Education Office (AEO) and fill out a registration form to request accommodations and supply supporting documentation.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations to Harvard undergraduates working on any writing assignment for any course. Writing tutors can provide help with argument, structure, and clarity at any stage of your writing process. They can also provide general help with strategies for drafting and revising academic papers.
Peer tutoring provides students with an opportunity to learn from the diversity of their peers and to engage with one another outside the classroom. When students need help with a specific course, the ARC connects them to a network of trained peer tutors who meet with students individually or in small groups. Peer tutors support students' learning by reviewing materials from class and working through critical concepts and areas of confusion.
Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisers throughout the semester for additional support. All members of the advising network can be found in my.harvard in the “Advising” tab. Advisers can offer you support in managing your time, balancing your academics and extra-curricular, directing you to academic support resources, and helping you think about how this course fits in with your overall academic goals.
Academic and Concentration Advisers
Academic and Concentration Advisers work with students to help navigate Harvard’s resources and explore various curricular and co-curricular opportunities, particularly in relation to how they may help guide your academic journey. First-year students are assigned a first-year academic adviser (which can also be your proctor), sophomores are assigned a sophomore adviser, and students who have declared their concentrations are able to meet with concentration advisers within their academic department.
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and Assistant/Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS)
Each department or program has a DUS that guides students through the requirements for concentrating or getting a secondary in their field of study. They are typically faculty members who also teach in the department. In addition to the DUS, some departments also have an ADUS. The DUS and ADUS split responsibilities in supporting undergraduates in their department and answering many of your questions about concentration requirements, course sequences, and course-related questions.
Peer Advising Fellow (PAF)
Peer Advising Fellows (PAFs) are sophomore, junior, and senior students at the College who have been specially selected and trained to offer advice and assistance throughout students’ first year at Harvard. They offer useful guidance on how to balance curricular and extracurricular choices, how to master the challenges of transitioning to college life, and how to take advantage of the many available opportunities.
RDFs and ABRDs work with you in your Yard or House to provide academic assistance and personal support. RDFs and ABRDs can also help you think about academic opportunities (research, study abroad, the choice of a concentration, etc.) for which your experiences have prepared or inspired you.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
In addition to academic support and your advising network, support for mental health and wellbeing is also available to all Harvard College students.
The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP) cultivates individuals and collective wellbeing through holistic educational experiences. The CWHP focuses on many health and wellbeing topics including alcohol and other substances, mindfulness and meditation, sexual health, and sleep.
Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is Harvard’s Counseling and Mental Health Service at HUHS, which seeks to work collaboratively with students and the university to support students who are experiencing some measure of distress in their lives. Please go to https://camhs.huhs.harvard.edu/our-mission to learn about the mission and goals of CAMHS and how to utilize its services and resources. Mental Health Urgent Care and consultation are always available through CAMHS at 617-495-2042 during business hours and 617-495-5711 evenings, nights and weekends.
HUHS works to identify and respond to the health care needs for students and faculty within the Harvard community. Students can book appointments with HUHS to meet with a physician to address any health-related issues they may encounter.
Peer Student Wellness Groups
There are also a variety of student wellness groups that support students through a variety of concerns, including mental health, nutrition, relationships, LGBTQIA+ identities, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, and more. You can find more information about these groups in the Guide to Student Wellness Groups .
For more information about these and other academic resources, please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Education.