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Computer and Email Accounts

Once you’ve registered for courses and have an active Harvard ID number, you should claim your HarvardKey. Claiming your HarvardKey provides you with a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) computer account for use at FAS computer labs on campus. Your HarvardKey also provides login access to Google Apps for Harvard and lets you open a Harvard Gmail account for use during your summer session.

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.

How To Open a Harvard Gmail Account

Follow the step-by-step instructions at Getting Started on the Google Apps for Harvard site. Please note, opening a Harvard Gmail account will not automatically change your student email address. You will continue to receive Summer School communications via the email address in your MyDCE account.

Accounts are optional and remain active for the duration of your summer session as long as you remain registered in at least one course. After a short grace period, accounts are closed unless you are registered for a fall course at the Extension School. 

Accounts are not eligible for extension beyond your summer session.

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 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

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.