101 FAQs

Who can apply to Harvardwood 101?


Current Harvard College students who are dues-current, Full Members of Harvardwood may apply to and participate in Harvardwood 101.

If you haven't already, register for Harvardwood here; if you were previously a member but your membership subscription has lapsed, log in and renew it here.

When is the application period?


We begin accepting applications for Harvardwood 101 at the beginning of the academic year.  The application period typically closes in mid-October. Register as a Harvardwood member to receive timely updates about all relevant dates for the program.

When and for how long does Harvardwood 101 run?


The "boot-camp" portion of Harvardwood 101 is mandatory and is typically the first week in January.  Students can then opt to participate in a "J-termship" for the remaining two weeks of the J-term.  

How much does Harvardwood 101 typically cost?


Harvardwood will offer a discount housing option for all Harvardwood 101 participants. Program participants will be picked up from this location and transported via bus around the city for the first week of "boot-camp." Participants can then choose to stay at Oakwood during their J-termship as well. Students who stay for both boot-camp and the J-termship should raise about $3,500 - $4,000 to cover: 

       $1,500* - Housing (*Please note that this is an estimate that can change depending on length of stay, how many students opt for Harvardwood-arranged housing, and the current prices at our housing provider. While we cannot guarantee this until we receive final pricing from the housing provider, we can typically negotiate a better deal than $1,500 per person for a 3-week stay.)

       $100 - 101 Program Fee

       $900 - Food for 3 weeks

       $550* - Roundtrip airfare between Boston and Los Angeles (*please note this is an estimate, as airline prices fluctuate daily)

Transportation is covered during the first week of "boot-camp," but you will need to account for transportation if you stay for a J-termship. There is a bus and subway system in LA but it is very limited. Students are encouraged to arrange carpools with their fellow peers or use rideshare app alternatives.  

Students are also encouraged to apply for financial assistance via the Wintersession Fund at OCS. The Wintersession Fund, which is a career exploration loan, covers travel expenses involved in getting to and from Harvardwood 101. Students should consult career advisers at OCS for more funding sources and ideas.  

Can I stay with friends or relatives in Los Angeles while participating in Harvardwood 101?


Yes, but please let us know in advance where you plan to stay and how you will travel to meet the group at Oakwood each day of boot-camp.

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