Advice for Students

A new set of requirements for Harvard College students will take effect in Fall 2018. Anyone graduating in or before 2018 will complete the current requirements, but will have much greater flexibility in how their requirements are met. The Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 (including students who graduate in March 2019) will be transitioned into the new College requirements – which include a new General Education requirement – and will be able to count any current Gen Ed courses toward the new requirements.

To help students benefit from the spirit of the new requirements now and plan courses with that transition in mind, the Gen Ed office has provided advice by class year:

See Departmental Substitutions to learn how departmental courses not approved for Gen Ed credit can now count for these current Gen Ed requirements:

Learn how to fulfill the new Gen Ed requirements (beginning Fall 2018):

For more information, please see our FAQs. Questions? Contact us.