Harvard Parents Central

Congratulations on the accomplishments of your son or daughter thus far. Undoubtedly, this is an exciting time for you and your family. The mission of Harvard Athletics is to be an integral component to the educational process of the College. Our goal is to educate through athletics. We are sure you are excited to watch your child continue to succeed in the classroom and in his or her sport, and are certain that your children will help carry forth our proud traditions of academic and athletic excellence!

Please use the following menu items to further your familiarity with our community. 

Academic Calendar
Please click on the following link to find the Harvard College five-year academic calendar

Area Dining and Catering Options

Redbones Barbeque
55 Chester St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628 - 2200

T. Anthony’s
1016 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 732 - 7708

Crimson Catering
12 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496 - 6000

Harvard Dining Services
12 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495 - 3238

Cambridge 1
27 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 576-1111

Park Restaurant & Bar
59 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-9851

Grafton Street Pub
1230 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 497-0400

Russel House Tavern
14 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-3055

Viga Italian Eatery
140 Clarendon St.
Boston MA 02116
(857) 991-1560

Shed's BBQ
32 Bromfield St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 542-7433

Hong Kong Restaurant
1238 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-5311

Area Hotel Accommodations

Boston Cambridge Marriott
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 494-6600

Sheraton Commander
16 Garden St. 
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-4800

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 783-0090

Away Games
Brown Athletics Visitor’s Guide
Columbia Athletics Visitor’s Guide
Cornell Athletics Visitor’s Guide
Dartmouth Athletics Visitor’s Guide 
Penn Athletics Visitor’s Guide
Princeton Athletics Visitor’s Guide
Yale Athletics Visitor’s Guide

Complimentary Admissions
Harvard University may provide student-athletes with up to four complimentary admissions per regular season home and away contests in the sport in which the individual participates, regardless of whether the student-athlete is competing in the contest. Although NCAA regulations allow students up to four complimentary admissions at away contests, the number which the student receives may be fewer depending on the complimentary allotment given to Harvard by the other institution.

Student-athletes may not receive “hard” tickets, as complimentary admissions may be provided only through a pass list for individuals designated by the student-athlete.  Student-athletes may assign complimentary admissions to family members, relatives, and friends. No guest may receive more than one admission per game, and must present an ID at Will Call. Individuals whose first and last names are not listed will be required to purchase a ticket. Neither the student-athlete nor the individual designated to receive the ticket may exchange the ticket for money or any item of value. Doing so would be a violation NCAA rules.

Harvard University’s home ticketed sports are Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Lacrosse. Click here for Harvard's Ticket Office Homepage.

Friends Groups
A great way to stay connected to your child’s team is through a friend’s group. Friends groups play an important role in sustaining a quality intercollegiate athletics program by providing funding for out of region travel, recruiting, and a variety of needs specific to each team. Friends groups host events throughout the year that enable members to connect with alumni and current student-athletes. For more information on Harvard Friends Groups, please click here.

Game Day Parking

Harvard Varsity Club Career Services
The Varsity Club provides career resources, events, and job listings for current students-athletes. In addition, the Varsity Club is available for individual consultation upon request. To learn more, click here.

Health Insurance

Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan
As you sort through the informational materials from the College, we wish to highlight one important decision that you’ll be asked to make each year. There will be a decision about whether or not to waive the HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan if you maintain alternative health coverage for your child. Before you consider waiving, carefully evaluate whether your existing health plan will provide adequate, comprehensive coverage in the Boston area. In many cases, coverage is limited when out-of-state, with only emergency or urgent care coverage available.

Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP)
Massachusetts law requires that students enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts participate in a student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. All Harvard students are automatically enrolled in HUSHP and the cost of the plan is applied to their term bill. HUSHP is a comprehensive health program comprised of two parts:

  • Student Health Fee: All students are charged this health fee as part of enrollment. The Student Health Fee includes coverage at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) for services including primary care, medical and surgical specialties, Stillman Infirmary, radiology, physical therapy, and mental health counseling. Urgent care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at HUHS in the Holyoke Center.
  • Student Health Insurance Plan: This insurance plan, which includes Blue Cross Blue Shield hospital/specialty and Medco prescription drug coverage, complements the Student Health Fee by providing coverage for medically necessary hospitalization, emergency and specialty care, as well as prescription drugs at the HUHS Pharmacy and other pharmacies. Students enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan may be eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Waivers must be completed by the appropriate deadline or the charges will remain on the student’s term bill.

Note: If you make the decision to keep your child enrolled in both the Student Health Insurance Plan and your family health plan, the plans will be subjected to coordination of benefit (COB) rules when claims are paid. In most cases, the student plan will cover claims after your family plan has paid what it will cover.  A $50 fee will be imposed for students who complete waivers and then rescind without a qualifying event (i.e. loss of other health insurance coverage) will apply.

A common scenario that we have seen in sports medicine is a knee injury of an athlete who has waived the Student Health Insurance Plan. If our sports medicine team decides that the athlete needs an MRI, it is common that the student would need to go home and use the hospital or radiology department that is covered by his/her insurance company. Also, if elective surgery were needed, the student would again have to return to the hospital and surgeon that is covered by his/her insurance plan. As most students are not from the greater Boston area, this can present a logistical challenge to coordinate their healthcare and to continue their studies.

If you do make the decision to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan, neither the Athletics Department nor Harvard University Health Services is a "secondary" insurer. That is, they do not cover expenses that are not covered by the student-athlete's primary health insurance, even if the injury is suffered during a practice or competition.  Please note: there is a small penalty fee ($50) for students who complete waivers and then rescind waivers without a qualifying event (i.e.,  loss of other health insurance coverage). 

For more information on HUSHP benefits, rates, and deadlines, visit http://hushp.harvard.edu/

Incoming First-Year - Sickle Cell Testing Waiver
All NCAA Division I student-athletes must show proof of a sickle cell solubility test (SST), be tested for sickle cell trait, or sign a waiver declining to be tested prior to participating in any practice, competition, or conditioning at Harvard. The recommendation is that every student-athlete be tested or show proof of prior testing for sickle cell trait. If your son/daughter has not had the test and wishes to be tested, you should arrange to be tested prior to arriving on campus. Testing will also be available on campus. Testing is not mandatory. For more information regarding the sickle cell trait, please read below.

Incoming Freshmen: Prior to arriving on campus, please click here to download and print the Sickle Cell waiver. The waiver should be printed, completed, signed, and sent to:

Brant Berkstresser
Harvard University
Department of Athletics
65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163

NOTE: NCAA rules do not permit student-athletes to practice with their team until the results of the test have come in. Please also be aware that if you come to Harvard and wish to be tested, you will not be cleared to practice/participate until the test results are available. This will delay your participation in your sport.

Sickle Cell Trait:
Effective beginning the 2010-2011 academic year, all NCAA Division I student-athletes, as part of their required medical examination or evaluation, must be tested for sickle cell trait, provide the institution with proof of a prior test, or sign a waiver declining to be tested.

Incoming First-Years: Prior to arriving on campus, please click here to download and print the Sickle Cell waiver. The waiver should be printed, completed, signed, and sent to:

Brant Berkstresser
Harvard University
Department of Athletics
65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163

Why get tested? The sickle cell trait test (SST) is relatively easy to perform, and can provide educational information that can be helpful to you both on and off the field. It is helpful to know your sickle cell status and can allow health care professionals to take better care of you. If you were born in the U.S., your testing results may be available in your medical record.

What happens if I test positive? Athletes that are sickle cell trait positive are able to participate in sports, often with no modifications whatsoever. Individuals that test positive for sickle cell trait will have a confirmatory test performed, and if positive, will be counseled on what can be done to avoid complications.

Who will know that I test positive? The medical staff needs to be aware of your sickle cell status in order to provide optimal care of you during practice, competition and conditioning. Outside of this, you will be asked if and who this information can be released to.

Is it mandatory that I have the sickle cell trait test? The recommendation is that every student-athlete be tested or show proof of prior testing for sickle cell trait. If you have not had the test and wish to be tested, you should arrange to be tested prior to arriving on campus. Testing will also be available on campus. Testing is not mandatory.


Harvard Athletics merchandise is available for purchase at our official Team Shop.

We expect that parents and families of student-athletes display tokens of support for their sons/daughters (t-shirts, buttons including pictures and/or names). As these items are created and distributed, please do not do so for a profit or a fundraiser. NCAA bylaws do not allow the use of a student-athletes name, likeness (nickname), picture, or appearance to be sold by outlets outside the institution. Additionally items should not include endorsements of commercial products.

Parent’s Guide to NCAA Rules
As a proud parent of an NCAA student-athlete it is important to become familiar with the NCAA, Ivy League and Harvard rules that you may encounter as you cheer on your son or daughter.  Harvard University believes strongly in the importance of conducting our athletics program with integrity.  Please click here  for Harvard’s Compliance Guide for Parents of Student-Athletes.

Support Athletics
Harvard provides one of the largest and most comprehensive athletic and recreation programs in the country. The support of alumni, family and friends enables our programs and community to thrive. Assistance comes in many forms, and there are a variety of ways to show your support and get involved in the Harvard Athletics community. Click here to support Harvard Athletics.

In an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all fans and spectators, Harvard Athletics, in cooperation with the Harvard University Police Department has established the following policies regarding tailgating within the Soldier Field Athletic Complex. Harvard University is a great place to tailgate; however, rules are strictly enforced!

Parking/Tailgating Rules
  • Guests who park within the athletic complex (gates 8, 14, 16 and 20) are welcome to tailgate at their vehicles. Tailgating, however, is not permitted for fans parking in the Harvard Business School parking lot.
  • All parking gates open two hours prior to kickoff for tailgating. Tailgating ends at kickoff. Price for parking
  • is $20 for all games (except Harvard-Yale football)
  • Each vehicle is permitted one parking space and the area directly behind the vehicle for tailgating. You may not block aisles or other vehicles from parking.
  • Commercial vehicles (U-hauls), RV's, Winnebagos and trucks are not permitted in any parking facility. Corporate sampling, give-a-way, and promotional vehicles MUST have prior written permission by Harvard Athletic Marketing to enter any parking lot.
  • Beer kegs and items that promote the rapid consumption of alcohol are not permitted at any University athletic function or event. No individual or group may transport a keg to a University athletic event.
  • Grills using charcoal are prohibited within the athletic complex. The maximum propane gas cylinder size allowed will be 20 pounds