Student Government

Harvard College believes that determining policy and overseeing the quality of life, both in the classroom and in the residence, should be a collaborative process. Undergraduates contribute to this through their student government and a number of student/faculty committees.

Harvard Undergraduate Council

The Harvard Undergraduate Council was created in the spring of 1982 to serve as an advocate for student concerns, organize campus-wide social events, and provide funding to student groups and organizations. With an annual budget of $450,000 from the Undergraduate Council Student Activity Fee, it is the first centralized and funded student government in the history of Harvard College. The Council offices are located in the Student Organization Center at Hilles.

The Council is comprised of fifty-one elected members: President, Vice President, three per residential House, one for Dudley House, and three from each of the four freshman districts. In addition to weekly committee meetings, the full Council meets once a week to review committee work, pass resolutions, and act on expenditure requests.

Every year a president and vice-president are elected in a campus-wide popular election; at the start of each term the Council elects a secretary and treasurer. The responsibility of the officers is described in the Undergraduate Council Constitution and can be found on the UC’s Website.

Undergraduate Council Committees

The council is divided into five committees, and most of a representative's work is done in the committee to which he or she is assigned. The committees are responsible for advocacy projects, student group funding, outreach, and council operations.

  1. Finance Committee

  2. Student Life Committee

  3. Education Committee

  4. Student Initiatives Committee

  5. Student Relations Committee

Full descriptions of each committee can be found on the UC Website and are listed in the UC constitution.

Student Faculty Committees

The UC elects the student body at large

the student members of the Student-Faculty Standing Committees: Committee on Undergraduate Education, Committee on House Life, and Committee on College Life (see below). These committees, consisting of students and faculty members, advise on policy matters in the College.

The Undergraduate Council also supervises the election of undergraduates to over fifteen standing and advisory committees so that they may be seated no later than October 31 of each academic year.

Undergraduate Council Fee

The Undergraduate Council is comprised of about 50 elected members of Harvard College. It serves as an advocate for student concerns to the Administration and provides the majority of funding for over 370 student organizations at Harvard College. You can read more about the UC at The Undergraduate Council fee of $75 added to all College students' bills is used to fund student groups and support the activities of the Undergraduate Council. In order to waive the UGC fee, please write a letter and deliver or mail it no later than September 30, 2009.

Harvard University Student Receivables Office

Holyoke 953

1350 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA  02138

Include your full name, Harvard ID, and reason for opting out. All requests will be honored. Students charged the UC fee in the spring semester should contact the Student Receivables office at 617-495-2739 by February 26, 2010 in order to waive the fee.