At Harvard, learning and discovery happen everywhere. Our students learn about leadership, about the world, and about themselves in many places around campus and beyond—from art studio to athletic field, from soup kitchen to stage, and especially around the dinner table in their Houses.
The Houses are among Harvard’s most important learning places, where undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty live, work, and learn together. Ninety-seven percent of Harvard College upperclassmen live in one of the 12 Houses—communities where risks are taken, confidence is built, and connections are made with peers, faculty, and tutors. The Houses bring Harvard down to scale, shaping memories and forging friendships that last a lifetime.
As every College graduate understands, the Houses are more than just residences—they are multifaceted communities that provide undergraduates with an intellectual as well as physical home. Alongside interactions with peers, the presence of faculty deans brings the faculty into the lives of undergraduates and unites academic and residential life. Tutors—graduate students pursuing their own scholarly endeavors at Harvard—also live side by side with undergraduates. Bolstered by this community of mentors, undergraduates find themselves in an environment designed to cultivate creative risk taking and personal discovery. The Houses are the great connector, fully immersing students in the intellectual life of Harvard and exposing them to new perspectives.
In a world moving ever faster and demanding more of every institution, for Harvard to continue as a premier source of ideas and leadership—advancing teaching, learning, and research—we must invest to reinvent and reinvigorate the Houses. The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences offers our generation an opportunity to transform residential education and the academic and communal experiences of our students.