Sophomore Advising

Photo of Sophomore Outing 2013
Sophomore Outing to Crane Beach, September 2013

The goal of Sophomore Advising at Harvard College is to support our sophomores as they engage in focused academic exploration and transition to House life. It is a collaborative effort on the part of students, Houses, and concentrations. 

Each Sophomore is assigned a Sophomore Adviser based on of broad subject areas: science, social science, or humanities, keeping in mind more specific interests. Sophomore Advisers are a resource in answering your questions or helping guide you in the directions of those who can provide answers. As Kirkland's Sophomore Advising Coordinator, Edie is always available as an extra resource for sophomores and their advisors.

Kirkland's 2020-2021 Sophomore Advising Coordinator: Edie Johnson (

In the Fall:


Sophomore Advisors will be your primary academic adviser during your third term. Together we will discuss class schedules and offer support you as decide on a concentration, in addition to other academic matters such as balancing academic and non-academic interests, study abroad options, and accessing Harvard resources.

At the beginning of the term your Sophomore Advisor will email you to find a time to meet. You can also log on to my.harvard to find your Adviser.

You will meet with your Adviser approximately twice during shopping period, once to get to know each other and discuss which classes you are interested in and once more to talk about final class selection.

You will continue to meet several times with your Sophomore Adviser throughout the fall to discuss how classes are going, your extracurricular interests, options for study abroad/fellowships/grants, and concentration choice. Your Adviser will help to point you to Harvard’s many rich and useful resources.

In mid-November, your Sophomore Adviser will assist you in preparing a Plan of Study, in which you will officially declare a concentration.


In the Spring:

Your new Concentration Adviser will sign your Study Card and offer specific advice about your concentration. You will continue to meet with your Sophomore Adviser to talk about summer plans, study abroad options, activities outside of class, and coursework.