Checklist: Claim Your HarvardKey

Your HarvardKey username and password is your credential for accessing most Harvard resources.

If you are part of The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Central Administration, or Harvard Divinity School, your HarvardKey will also be your computer login.

For assistance, please contact the HUIT Service Desk at or 617-495-7777.

Click here for a printable PDF checklist >

Step 1 of 3: Prepare

  If you can, change your password while “hard-wired” 

This means connecting via a network cable (ethernet) or VPN. This is important because it allows your password change to sync with your Harvard computer. For users in GSD, GSE, Harvard Paulson, and Harvard Chan, being on the Harvard network is not necessary.


Step 2 of 3: Claim your HarvardKey

  Claim your HarvardKey >

Need some help with this step? Check the resources below.

Step 3 of 3: Activate and update

   Activate two-step verification >

Two-step verification is an added layer of security that is required for students, faculty, and staff to access most University resources. Two-step verification is not available for alumni.  

  Update password managers and stored passwords

To avoid being locked out of your account, update any applications where you have your password stored, such as password managers like LastPass, 1Password, or Apple Keychain. This also includes standalone apps (particularly mobile apps) for services like Google Drive or Office 365.