College Advising

Bureau of Study Counsel

The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) supports students in their efforts to learn and develop at Harvard.  The BSC’s services help you to approach your intellectual work with skill, strategy, and spirit; to make difficult choices about your time and your priorities; to conduct yourself with integrity and honor; to develop a sense of voice and authority in your scholarship, relationships, and leadership; to work well and play well with others; to discover what leaves you feeling enlivened and engaged; and to make meaning of your work and your life.  Among the Bureau’s many services are individual counseling for academic and personal development, workshop and discussion groups, peer tutoring, consultation to student organizations, and a course in reading and study strategies.


Advising Programs Office

The goal of academic advising at Harvard is to help students transition to college academics, prepare to declare a concentration, and delve deeply into their chosen field of study.

Starting in freshman year, advisers help students immerse themselves in the intellectual life of the university, develop plans of study that best cohere with their evolving interests, and take full advantage of the many intellectual enrichment opportunities that Harvard offers.

Academic advisers are an essential part of students’ advising networks in the College. The Advising Programs Office supports students and their advisers in forming lasting and effective mentoring relationships