The renown and reputation of Harvardís faculty are well deserved: among its ranks are some of the world's greatest scholars. Nobel laureates lead introductory courses. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors teach General Education courses. A National Book Award winner may teach a Freshman Seminar. All hold office hours to meet with students. Faculty are also accessible informally — to offer advice, to answer questions and to share meals in Harvard's residential dining halls.
Faculty members also educate students outside the classroom. In addition to professors' weekly office hours, students often spend time with their professors before or after class. There are also many occasions when professors take meals in Harvard's residential dining halls, attend gatherings in the residences of House Masters, who are themselves senior faculty members, and participate in other programs and special events. Over the course of a year, hundreds of students work closely with faculty members on their own or their professors' research. The opportunities for formal and informal relationships with Harvard faculty are plentiful and rewarding, resulting in lifelong friendships as well as professional collaborations that can enrich students' lives and careers.
Over half the classes offered at the College each semester enroll 10 or fewer students. Most departments feature tutorials, directed study courses in a student's field of concentration that are taught one–on–one or in small groups.