Follow these step-by-step instructions for getting setup with IT at Harvard. Download a PDF of this information.
Questions about connecting your devices--or anything else about IT at Harvard? Check out the FAQ.
Create Your Harvard University Personal Identification Number (PIN)
A Harvard ID Number (HUID), in combination with a PIN, is necessary to access authorized Harvard websites, online applications, and many other University IT resources. Your HUID is the 8-digit number found on the front of your ID card. Your Harvard PIN serves as a password for your HUID.
Create or modify a PIN at pin.harvard.edu.
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 autoreg.harvard.edu and follow the steps outlined to register your computer onto the network.
Informational guide to connecting to Harvard's wireless networks
Secure wireless service (encrypted) This connection method is recommended.
Unencrypted wireless service
Wireless service for non-Harvard affiliates (unencrypted)
Secure global access for research and education member institutions
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 autoreg.harvard.edu. Follow the steps outlined to register your computer onto the network.
Set up and Access Your Harvard Email Account
To access your email, go to the appropriate web page below and log in with your username and password:
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 harvard.edu.
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 go.eset.com/us/harvard.
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.