The Office of Student Life supports Harvard’s distinctive residential House system and involvement outside the classroom providing opportunities for intellectual, social, and personal transformation. The Houses and the OSL work to integrate the academic, residential, and co-curricular spheres of students' lives, linking out-of-classroom experiences to the mission of the College.
Through support of these vibrant living and learning environments, we encourage initiative and personal agency as students explore the full extent of their capabilities and interests, enhance their intellectual and human potential, exercise creativity, and develop leadership skills with the goals of collectively fostering stimulating and inclusive communities and individually shaping balanced and rewarding lives of service to society.
The Office of Student Life comprises two areas, primarily: Residential Life and Student Activities. It also supports the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Harvard College Women's Center, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, the Phillips Brooks House Association, the Public Service Network, the Center for Public Interest Careers, the Student Organization Center at Hilles, and the Cambridge Queen's Head pub.