General Information

What constitutes Harvard Business School alumni status?

A Harvard Business School alumnus/a is defined as any person receiving a degree from Harvard Business School in a qualifying program.

Current HBS programs that grant alumni status include:

  • Advanced Management Program (AMP)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • General Management Program (GMP)
  • Joint Program with Harvard Kennedy School (MPP/MBA and MBA-MPA/ID)
  • Joint Program with Harvard Law School /Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
  • Joint Program with Harvard Medical School /Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Owner/President Management Program (OPM)
  • PhD in Business Economics (PhDBE or PhDBusEc)
  • PhD in Information, Technology, and Management (PhDITM)
  • PhD in Organizational Behavior (PhDOB)
  • PhD in Science, Technology, and Management (PhDSTM)
  • President's Program in Leadership (PPL)
  • Program for Leadership Development (plus completion of 10 open-enrollment program days) (PLDA)

Retired HBS programs which granted alumni status (all attendees are members of the current HBS alumni community)

  • Individuals prior to 2008 having completed one year of an HBS MBA program
  • International Senior Management Program (ISMP)
  • Central and Eastern European Teachers' Program (ETP)
  • Doctor of Commercial Science (DCS)
  • The General Manager Program™ (TGMP)
  • Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration (HRPBA)
  • Industrial Administrator (IA)
  • International Senior Management Program (ISMP)
  • International Teachers' Program (ITP)
  • Middle-Management Program (MMP)
  • Mid-Officer Certificate (MOC)
  • PhD in Decision Sciences (PhDDS)
  • Program for Global Leadership™ (PGL)
  • Program for Management Development (PMD)
  • Programs for Health System Management (PHSM)
  • Senior Executive Program for the Middle East (SEPME)
  • Senior Executive Programme for Africa (SEPSA)
  • Veterans' Certificate (VC)
  • Visitor for Individual Studies (VIS)
How do I get proof of graduation or a copy of my transcript?

Transcripts, replacement diplomas, and certificates of attendance may be obtained through MBA Registrar Services. For information, go to: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/registrar/alumni/Pages/alumni-transcripts.aspx.

Where can I find contact information for sectionmates or classmates, or get a list of fellow alumni?

Go to the HBS Alumni Directory to search for classmates by name, company, location, industry and many other categories of information.

Alumni may also send an e-mail to section and classmates by using the E-mail My Class tool: Please note the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I am not an HBS Alumnus, how can I get contact information for HBS alumni?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide any information regarding HBS alumni to those who are not also alumni.


LEFA username, password, email forwarding

What is a LEFA and how can I update it?

Your Lifelong E-mail Forwarding Address (LEFA) gives you access to protected areas of the HBS alumni Web site. For information on your LEFA's benefits or to update it, go to: http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/help.

How do I set up e-mail (LEFA) forwarding?

If you know your LEFA and password, then you may designate an e-mail forwarding address here. If you do not know your password, reset your password by using this Reset Your Password Web page.

Please understand that your LEFA is a forwarding address for e-mail, not an actual e-mail address. An e-mail sent to your LEFA is forwarded by the LEFA servers to a personal e-mail address that you designate. The LEFA is not a traditional e-mail account that you might check via the Web or via a POP server.

I've forgotten my username. How can I retrieve it?

Retrieve your username by using this Retrieve Your Username web page.

I've forgotten my password. How can I reset it?

Reset your password by using this Reset Your Password web page.

I received a suspicious e-mail from HBS. (Would HBS ever ask for my password?)

From time to time you may receive e-mails addressed to your LEFA that appear to be official messages from HBS IT, but are in fact fraudulent e-mails devised to extract sensitive, private information. Recent messages have been addressed to "Hbs.edu User," a term HBS does not employ. In addition they ask you to send via e-mail your username and password. NOTE: HBS will never ask you to e-mail your password or other sensitive information.

This type of fradulent messages is often referred to as a "phishing" e-mail. Below are some steps to take to avoid falling victim of a phishing scheme.

  • Be extra careful when you receive an email requesting sensitive data. HBS, banks, or any legitimate service will never ask for sensitive information through email. As a precaution, contact the company from which the email apparently originates (using a phone number from a statement or their official Web site, not any phone number provided in the email) to check that the email is legitimate.
  • To repeat - HBS will never ask you for sensitive information via email.
  • Update your browser to one that identifies phishing sites. Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (and higher) as well as versions of Mozilla Firefox newer than 2.0 maintain a list of known phishing sites and will check Web sites against the list. Firefox 2 and later uses Google anti-phishing software and Internet Explorer will ask you to turn on the anti-phishing utility after you install it.
  • Hover over (but don't click!) any links embedded in the email. Frequently, a URL will look legitimate at first glance, but you will see when hovering over the link it actually goes to a fraudulent site.
  • For additional information, and to test your phishing knowledge, visit OnGuardOnline.gov or the Microsoft Web site
  • If you have fallen victim, please contact the Alumni Records Office: 617.384.5977; alumni_records@hbs.edu.
Why did I receive a spam message from my own LEFA address?

The appearance of spam messages from your own e-mail address can be disconcerting, but it is not the result of a security breach in the HBS computer systems. The most likely cause is a virus attack on a personal computer of someone who has your LEFA address in their contact list or elsewhere on their computer. These spam viruses then "spoof" the e-mail return address by using an e-mail address found on the machine. Best practice is simply to delete the message.

HBS IT is committed to spam protection and is continually reviewing and updating its techniques to slowing the flow of spam. To help HBS monitor the amount of spam messages reaching alumni, you may report spam here: alumni_spam@hbs.edu.


Profile Updates & Subscriptions

How can I update my address listing or personal information?

You may update your address and any other information in your Alumni Profile.

How do I change my legal name in my Alumni Profile?

This type of update requires a special request to the alumni information group. Submit the request here.

How do I change my gender in my Alumni Profile?

This type of update requires a special request to the alumni information group. Submit the request here.

How do I change my class year so that I can attend reunions with the class I started with in my Alumni Profile?

This type of update requires a special request to the alumni information group. Submit the request here.

I can’t find my undergraduate college when I update my profile. How can I add it to the list?

This type of update requires a special request to the alumni information group. Submit the request here.

My HBS volunteer role isn’t appearing in the HBS Volunteering section, how can I update it?

This type of update requires a special request to the alumni information group. Submit the request here.

How do I subscribe/unsubscribe from HBS emails?

You may edit your email subscriptions on the preferences tab of the Alumni Profile.


Baker Library & eBaker

Can alumni use Baker Library?

Alumni may use Baker Library on site, free of charge with a Baker Access Card.

How can I get a Baker Access Card?

Alumni may obtain an access card at the Stamps Reading Room Service Desk, located on the third floor of Baker Library. Please bring photo ID. For more information, go to: http://www.library.hbs.edu/info/whocanusebaker.html.

How do I make an appointment to visit Baker's Historical Collections?

Fill out the online Historical Collections Reference Request Form at http://www.library.hbs.edu/forms/hcref/, or contact the Historical Collections Reference Staff at 617.495.6411.

What is eBaker and how can I access it?

eBaker is an online collection of free information research resources for alumni. eBaker also offers a deeply discounted annual subscription to OneSource. For details, go to eBaker.

Why does eBaker look like the old site?

eBaker is scheduled to relaunch with the new look in October.

How do I subscribe or renew my subscription to OneSource?

Go to the OneSource for HBS Alumni page.

Why can't I get into ABI/ProQuest?

First try re-setting your cookies with this step-by-step cookie cutter:

  1. Go to ProQuest Cookie Cutter.
  2. Click on "Click here to reset your browser."
  3. Do not click on any of the choices that come up after that, but go back to eBaker Home.
  4. Click on the ABI/ProQuest "Go to Database" link from the A-Z list.

If that doesn't work, try checking whether referrer URL works:

  1. Do the ProQuest Browser Health Check.
  2. If you get a referrer URL warning, then click on the Firewall Section link to access ProQuest's information on how to enable the referring URL.
I can't access one of the resources — what should I do?

Please contact us and let us know which resource you are trying to use and what message you are getting when attempting access.


Bulletin

How do I advertise in the HBS Bulletin?

Many alumni choose to advertise their businesses in the Bulletin. The magazine accepts both full and fractional page advertisements. For rates and information, please contact Jane Mazzarella at 617.496.6558 or jmazzarella@hbs.edu.

How do I submit Class Notes?

Alumni may submit Class Notes through the Share a Note feature in Community. You may choose to share it with your Class Secretary and the online Community or just with your Class Secretary.

How do I submit a photo for Class Notes?

The new Share a Note feature in Community also allows you to submit photos.

How do I find out who is my class secretary?

Your secretary is listed at the top of your Class Notes in each issue of the Bulletin. You may also contact Class Notes directly at class_notes@hbs.edu.

How do I submit an idea for an article?

Story ideas, as well as comments and feedback may be submitted to the Bulletin.


Campus Visits, Room Reservations, and Using HBS Facilities

Can I get a tour of campus?

HBS offers personal and self-paced audio tours of the Soldiers Field campus. For schedules and information, go to: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/visit.html#tour.

Is there a map of campus?

There is an interactive map available online: http://www.hbs.edu/maps/.

I’d like to bring a prospective student to campus to see what the case method is like.

You may arrange a class visit through the MBA Admissions office: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/visit/Pages/default.aspx

Which HBS facilities can I use?
Baker Library

Alumni can obtain on site access to Baker Library with a Baker Access Card. For more information and a list of services and resources, go to: http://www.library.hbs.edu/resources_alumni.html.

Shad Hall

HBS alumni are eligible for membership at the Shad Hall fitness center. For fee information, call the fitness desk at 617.495.6060. Click here to download a membership form.

What are the hours of the COOP?

Hours and store info for the HBS COOP are at: http://store.thecoop.com/coopstore/estore_store_locations.jsp

The Class of 1959 Chapel

HBS alumni may use the Class of 1959 Chapel for weddings and memorials, through the sponsorship and coordination of HBS Alumni Relations. For more information, e-mail the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@hbs.edu.


Giving to HBS

When do I need to fulfill my pledge?

Donors to HBS, particularly alumni in reunion classes, can make pledges to be fulfilled at a later date. Guidelines for payments differ for reunion and annual giving pledges.

Reunion Pledges:
For the 5th, 10th, 15th 20th, 50th, and up
Pledges must be made by June 30 following the reunion and should be fulfilled by the following December 31.

For the 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th
Pledges must be made by December 31 following the reunion and should be fulfilled by the following June 30.

Non-Reunion Pledges:
Must be paid by June 30th fiscal year close to be counted in giving totals and listed in the School's Contributors Report.

Special payment arrangements can be made for larger gifts. For further information, please contact Kerry Cietanno, Director of Donor Relations at 617.495.6889 or kcietanno@hbs.edu.

Will I get credit for pledge payments?

Donors will be recognized in the School's annual Contributors Report for the full amount of a pledge in the year that it is made, regardless of payment timing. Pledge payments made in subsequent years will not be listed. A donor may request that he or she be recognized for payments as they are made over more than one fiscal year.

Will my gift to HBS be automatically credited to my class?

Yes, all gifts receive class credit.

Will my spouse and I both receive credit for a gift to HBS?

Joint crediting is an option but is not automatically applied. Couples must indicate if they would like their gift to be entered jointly, in which case the amount will be split 50/50 for tax purposes but each person will receive class credit and recognition for the full amount of the gift. Please contact Development Operations at 617-495-6207, or email gifts@hbs.edu, for further information about crediting.

What is the crediting policy for planned gifts?

HBS will give credit to the donor and donor's class for the full face-value of an irrevocable life-income gift. Such credit is given also for a bequest intention, properly documented, in the 50th reunion or later.

How do I take advantage of my company's matching gift program?

Please use our online search tool or contact your company's human resources office to find out if your employer matches charitable gifts and to learn the associated policies and procedures. For more information, visit Corporate Matching.

What is the School's Federal Tax Identification number?

President and Fellows of Harvard College, ID# 04-2103580

When will I receive a receipt for my gift?

You can expect to receive an official receipt in 10-15 business days after HBS receives your gift.

How can I get a duplicate tax receipt for my gift?

To request a duplicate receipt, contact Dan Mortara, Development Operations Manager, at 617-495-6381 or dmortara@hbs.edu.


Clubs

Is there an HBS club near me?

The interactive map on the HBS Clubs Web site is an easy way to locate the club nearest to you. Go to: http://www.clubhub.hbs.org/map.html.

Can I join the Harvard Club?

Harvard Club membership is open to all alumni of the University. Each club offers its own a variety of programs, services, and opportunities to its members and to its communities. For more information and to find a club near you, go to: http://post.harvard.edu/harvard/clubs/html/clubs.html.


Resources & Benefits

Do HBS alumni receive special discounts on the Harvard Business Review?

FREE Online Access: Alumni receive online access to the current issue and over 2,800 articles from back issues.

HBS Alumni who have LEFA forwarding established may gain access to the Harvard Business Review by following the procedures outlined here.

Subscription Discounts: HBS Alumni may also receive a discount on print subscriptions to the Harvard Business Review. The 1-year discounted rates are as follows: US, $59.00; Canada/Mexico, $79.00; International, $99.00. To initiate the offer, e-mail hbralumni@hbsp.harvard.edu. You will then receive an e-mail in return with further instructions on completing your alumni subscription request. Renewals must also be made by first contacting hbralumni@hbsp.harvard.edu.

Is there an official group for HBS alumni on LinkedIn

Yes, there is. If you're a member of LinkedIn and would like to join the official Harvard Business School alumni group click here. (LEFA required for auto-acceptance to the group)

What is the HBS Nonprofit/Public Sector Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

The HBS Nonprofit/Public Sector Loan Repayment Assistance Program can help reduce the need-based educational debt repayment burden for alumni taking managerial positions in the US or abroad where salaries may be below the MBA average. Qualified graduates from the MBA Class of 1999 onward are eligible to apply. Learn more.

What discounts are available to HBS alumni?

IBM/Lenovo Discount for Harvard Alumni
As a Harvard alumnus/a, you can save significantly on select ThinkPad notebook computers. Go to: http://post.harvard.edu/ibm

Alumni Travel

For information on alumni travel programs-including schedules and trip itineraries, go to: http://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/hbs.