Practical RSEA Information

All RSEA students are given a mailbox in the mailroom (Room S156 in the CGIS-South building, 1730 Cambridge Street), where they may receive professional mail and other Harvard materials.  Students should collect their mail regularly. 

Your Harvard email account will be used for official communications, so you should make every effort to monitor it daily.  We encourage students to use their Harvard email account to correspond within Harvard, since non-Harvard emails are often filtered. Harvard’s spam filters can be overzealous and we recommend you review your spam folder daily.

Harvard websites provide students with up-to-date information and news. is the go-to website for most of your needs, but the RSEA website ( is a primary resource for program-specific questions and needs, including important RSEA requirements, deadlines, and forms. 

In addition to providing an overview of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the GSAS website ( is a valuable source of information on all aspects of student life.  It includes links to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate Student Center, listings of all student organizations including the Graduate Student Council, and the monthly GSAS Bulletin for news and important reminders.

Students should also familiarize themselves with the FAS Registrar’s website ( The Registrar’s Graduate Records Office is responsible for processing petitions to add or drop a course, cross-register for a course in another school, apply to receive their degree, etc. 

HMDC (Harvard-MIT Data Center), located on the lower level of CGIS-North/Knafel building, offers computer facilities, quantitative research computing tools and classes, and an onsite help desk.  Students with a valid Harvard ID may register to use the computer lab during its extended business hours.  Printing at a reasonable cost is also available.

Your Harvard ID card may also be used to make copies or to purchase items, including food from Harvard dining services.  You can add money to your Crimson Cash account through the Crimson Cash website (

The RSEA Program has an assigned Financial Aid Officer at GSAS, Ms. Lisa Simpson, (, who assists students on a one-to-one basis with all financial issues, including advice on various loan programs, fellowship applications, and work-study.