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Computer and Email Accounts

Once you’ve registered for courses and claimed your HarvardKey, you can activate a Harvard Google Workspace account and Harvard Gmail address for use during your summer session. To get started, follow the instructions on how to activate your Google Workspace account.

Harvard Google and email accounts are optional and remain active for your summer session as long as you remain registered in at least one course. After a 40-day grace period, accounts are closed unless you are registered for a fall course at the Extension School. 

The use of University resources is provided primarily for Harvard’s teaching and research missions. DCE prohibits the use of Harvard computers or networks for business-related purposes. Students may not use or identify their own or any other Harvard email address or Harvard website in connection with any business enterprise, nor may they use Harvard-provided computer or networking resources or in any way that suggests Harvard or Harvard Summer School endorses a business or organization.

Tips on Managing Your Harvard Google and Email Accounts

  • Your Harvard Gmail address will be in the format You may not change your Gmail address.
  • Your Harvard Gmail address will replace your HarvardKey Login Name if you previously claimed a HarvardKey using an email address with a non-Harvard domain.
    • Example: will be replaced with The HarvardKey Login Name does not need to be a working email address.
  • Your Harvard Gmail address will not automatically appear in your MyDCE account. We recommend you add it as an alternate email in your MyDCE account instead of replacing your existing student email address to avoid disruption in communication after the term ends.
  • Your Harvard Google account has a storage limit of 25GB. Storage limits are not eligible for increase.
  • You will receive an email from HUIT ahead of your account closure date. Your Harvard Google and email account is not eligible for extension. However, your Harvard Gmail address can be reactivated after a future course registration. 

Computer Help

HUIT Support Center

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a primary provider of IT services to the Harvard community.

To create a help ticket, search the knowledge base or live-chat with the HUIT Service Desk please visit the HUIT IT Help Portal or call (617) 495-7777.

See the HUIT Support Center hours.

Summer School Online Support Help Desk

Contact us for help with online classes, including streaming video, web conference, and Canvas course websites. For assistance with online classes please call (617) 998-8571 or email

Computer and Printing Facilities

Claiming your HarvardKey provides you with a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) computer account for use at FAS computer labs on campus.

The computer labs at the 53 Church Street Computer Facility offer a wide variety of computer resources and free printing to registered students.

See Printing on the HUIT help portal for detailed information about the campus’s computer labs and printing facilities, as well as printing accounts and budgets.