Student Computing support during COVID-19

Visit our Student Computing Support During COVID-19 page regarding your Student Computing services options during the COVID-19 emergency.

Student Computing Website

Visit the Student Computing website for links to student-related applications and resources.

Harvard ID

When you were accepted, you received a HUID number. If you haven’t received your HUID number yet, contact your academic program.

Activate your HMS account 

HMS accounts are automatically created for those with a Harvard University ID (HUID) issued by Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health. Faculty and staff based at HMS-affiliated hospitals also qualify for an HMS account.

Your HMS account credentials consist of your HMS ID and a password that you set during activation.

Before using an HMS account, it must be activated.

To activate your HMS account, visit the account management page and select Activate your account.

Set up your HarvardKey

HarvardKey is Harvard University's online user credentialing, uniquely identifying you to Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) applications and services. Your HarvardKey credentials are required for accessing PeopleSoft, a tool for reporting your time, as well as many other Harvard University financial applications. HarvardKey grants you access to University Library Resources, PubMed, my.Harvard, Harvard Web Applications, Crimson Cash, and Aspire.

Review the full list of which sign in credentials grants access to which University services.

  1. Claim your HarvardKey:
  2. Go back to and select the Set Up & Manage Your Two-Step Verification link.
  3. HarvardKey FAQ:


Office 365 email account

You can access your HMS email inbox through the Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface by going to Log in using your HMS account ID and password.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a commonly used note-taking application that is included with your HMS Office 365 subscription. Be aware that exporting data from OneNote is challenging.

More information about exporting OneNote data is available in Knowledge base article KB0011243.

HMS Wi-Fi and VPN

You can connect to the internet by Ethernet connection (wired) or wireless connections

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows HMS and HSDM quad-based faculty, staff, and students to access HMS network resources securely over the internet from a remote location. Request HMS VPN access through the service catalog.

Harvard University uses ️Duo, which makes the two-factor authentication (2FA) process quick and easy. Using ️Duo for Two-step verification is now required to access the HMS VPN.

HMS Information Technology recommends Pulse Secure for use with VPN connections.

HMS Home Folder

Home folders are your very own personal, private folders, for your eyes only & accessible only by you. Quotas for HOME storage are 50 GB for HMS students.

See the File Sharing page for more information.


Note – Only students who work in HMS-based research labs are eligible for HMS Dropbox.

Dropbox Business offers HMS a secure way to store, sync, and share data across platforms and the globe. It keeps your computer up to date with your working files. Even entire Labs can promote collaboration via SmartSync, which provides a platform for accessing shared data without taking up valuable space on your computers. Complete information about Dropbox at HMS can be found at

Students who work in HMS-based research labs can request a Dropbox Account at

Once your Dropbox account has been created, request access to a team Dropbox folder from the team manager.