Follow these step-by-step instructions for getting setup with IT at Harvard.

For additional information, visit Resources for Students and FAQs.


Claim your HarvardKey

You will need to claim your HarvardKey in order to access authorized Harvard websites, online applications, and many other University IT resources.

Get started claiming your HarvardKey here.


Connect to Harvard's Wireless Network

When on campus, connect to one of the wireless networks (SSIDs) listed below and open a web browser.

If you see a blank page, go to and follow the steps outlined to register your computer onto the network.

To register for Harvard Secure, the University's recommended wireless connection, visit

NOTE: Personal Wi-Fi / wireless routers are not allowed on Harvard's networks.  Additionally, Wireless Printers may not work on Harvard's network and should be connected directly to a network data jack.


Connect to the Harvard Wired Network

(Residential students only)

Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to a data jack in your room and open a web browser.

If you see a blank page, go to Follow the steps outlined to register your computer onto the network.

Connect to Printers

Link your Crimson Cash account to PaperCut, Harvard's printing service.

Find printers and set up your computer for on-campus printing.


Access Your Harvard Email Account and Get Microsoft Office

Visit to set up your email account. For detailed instructions on setting up your Harvard University at college or at g.harvard account, please visit

To access your email, go to the appropriate web page below and log in with your username and password:

CollegeCollege Students


FASExtension and Summer School Students

Students in the College and GSAS can also download free versions of Microsoft's cloud-based Office suite, Microsoft Office ProPlus

If you forward your Harvard email to a different provider, regularly check the spam folder on your Harvard account to make sure that you don’t miss any important messages.  Also be sure that the spam settings on your non-Harvard account do not block official email from faculty or staff at
See guidance on spam filters.

NOTE: If you are a student at another Harvard School, please visit your School's IT page to learn how to set up your email account.


Protect Your Computer

If your Mac or PC does not have anti-virus software, you can obtain a license for the software ESET at

After entering your name and Harvard email address, ESET will send you an email with a link to your product key and the software to download.


Register with MessageMe

MessageMe lets Harvard contact you quickly in an emergency.

Register to receive voice, text, or email alerts at

See also: Students, FAS