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Resources & Benefits

Eligibility

Extension School degree and certificate (certificates awarded prior to fall 2010) program graduates automatically become members of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association (HEAA) and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). If you have questions about eligibility, contact the Alumni Office. As an alum of the Extension School, you also automatically join the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), the University-wide alumni association and umbrella organization for Harvard Clubs around the world.

There are many perks for HEAA members, including access to Harvard recreational facilities and libraries, and the use of the Career and Academic Resource Center at the Office of Career Services. As a member of the HAA, you have access to a host of services, including a personal free alumni.harvard.edu e-mail address.

Membership in both the HEAA and the HAA is automatic with your graduation, and is free for life. No membership dues are required. Simply bookmark alumni.harvard.edu and register for an alumni.harvard.edu email forwarding address. You can then take advantage of exclusive HAA alumni benefits. For example, you will be able to:

  • Create your own profile on alumni.harvard.edu, the University-wide alumni directory, and use it to broaden your network
  • Leverage the HAA's extensive network of 187 Harvard Clubs and 39 Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), in nearly 80 countries 
  • Participate in a host of educational and social programs—in Cambridge or via webcast
  • Receive University-wide publications, messages, and invitations to worldwide alumni events
  • Follow the HAA on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Travel to exotic destinations with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and staff

Please note that there is currently no Alumni ID card available through Harvard University. In many cases below, simply identify yourself as an alum and provide your name and graduation year to confirm your eligibility.

Harvard Online Community and Lifetime E-mail Address

HAA website

Alumni are eligible for alumni.harvard.edu, a password-protected site offering a variety of services, including an alumni directory, distance learning programs, career/networking opportunities, and en email forwarding address. Messages sent to your alumni.harvard e-mail address (yourname@alumni.harvard.edu) are forwarded to an email account that you provide. You will still need to have an email account through a service such as Gmail, Yahoo or another email provider.  The alumni.harvard email forwarding address will never expire and will work as long it redirects to a current email account. To register for alumni.harvard.edu:

  1. Go to http://alumni.harvard.edu/
  2. Click where it says "Register" on the right-hand side of the page
  3. Follow the information requests in order to register.

If you have any problems registering, please contact the Alumni.Harvard help desk at (617) 496-0559.

Events

alumni eventHEAA members are eligible to participate in regular events, such as lectures, dinners, sporting events, Alumni Weekend, and the annual Alumni Banquet held the Tuesday before Commencement. Announcements and invitations to the year’s events are sent throughout the year.

To see what HEAA events are coming up, see the HEAA events page.

To see what Harvard-wide events are coming up, see the Harvard events page.

Harvard athletics and gym memberships

a swimmer at the Harvard poolHarvard Athletics offers alumni, students, faculty, and staff memberships to the Malkin Athletic Center, Hemenway GymnasiumBlodgett Pool, and Murr Center.

Alumni must apply in person in the office on the first floor and bring a valid photo I.D. and the staff at the Murr will verify your alumni status. Membership may be paid for the entire year or in installments.

Please contact the Murr Athletic Center at (617) 495-2211 with any questions.

Library services

a student at Widener LibraryAs an Extension alumna or alumnus, you may use Grossman Library at any time. To inquire about specific access and borrowing policies for other Harvard Libraries, please see the Harvard College Libraries Admittance website, which has detailed information for each of the libraries, or contact the Harvard Library Privileges Office at (617) 495-4166.

Harvard Monthly and Harvard Magazine

Harvard Magazine coverRegister for Alumni.Harvard and receive Harvard Monthly, a University-wide e-mail newsletter highlighting recent news and upcoming events.

Harvard alumni also receive Harvard Magazine, a bimonthly publication covering the entire University and distributed to all graduates, faculty, and staff.

The Harvard Club

Harvard Extension School alumni who have earned an Extension bachelor’s or master’s degree are invited to join their local Harvard Club.

Membership benefits of the Boston club include use of the newly renovated Main Clubhouse located at 374 Commonwealth Avenue and the Downtown Club located on the 38th floor of One Federal Street. Reciprocal clubs around the world offer alumni and their families overnight accommodations and access to dining and athletic facilities.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Harvard Extension School alumni who have earned an Extension bachelor’s or master’s degree are invited to join a Shared Interest Group (SIG) and connect with Harvard alumni around a particular student activity, identity group, specific profession or cultural pursuit. 

From networking opportunities to cultural and social events to service projects to intellectual enrichment, Harvard Clubs and SIGs offer a wide range of programmatic, community service, and educational opportunities to help develop and strengthen your alumni network!

Visit the Clubs and SIGs Directory page to find out about Harvard Clubs and SIGs, their schedule of events, and opportunities to reconnect with other alumni. Or read these stories to learn about what Clubs and SIGs are up to!

Salt

Harvard Extension School alumni are eligible to create a free membership to SALT. By creating a Salt membership, you can take advantage of members-only features such as receiving financial resources to help you own your finances, manage your student loans, receive career tips, among other benefits.

For more information and to get started please see Harvard Extension School on Salt.

The Coop Online

Shop online through the Harvard Coop for officially licensed Harvard apparel and gifts.

Save Money on Select Laptops

As a Harvard alumna/us you can save on select Dell and Lenovo laptops through the HAA, and the HAA will make a contribution in your honor to the Presidential Scholars Program.

Zipcar Discounts

Harvard alumni in the Greater Boston area are eligible for discounted Zipcar membership. See here for more details.

Sixt Rent a Car Discounts

Harvard Extension School alumni are eligible for discounted rental cars from Sixt. See here for more details about Sixt and for more information on discounts please see here.

U-Pack Moving Discount

Harvard Extension School alumni are eligible for a $100 discount on any move set up through Upack.com, using the coupon code ALUMHD. See here for more details.