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Harvard University cancels admitted students weekend, schedules online events instead

Harvard is canceling its admitted students weekend in April due to coronavirus concerns.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/file

Harvard University announced Friday that it has canceled its admitted students weekend set for April and will replace it with online events, due to coronavirus concerns.

Instead of hosting “Visitas" on campus, Harvard will hold a “Virtual Visitas,” dean of admissions and financial aid William R. Fitzsimmons said in a statement. Programming was scheduled to be held from April 18-20.

“We are in the midst of assembling an exciting series of online events for a Virtual Visitas that will allow them to explore all that Harvard has to offer,” Fitzsimmons said in the statement. “Rather than be confined to three days, these videos and sessions will be available to all admitted students throughout the month of April.”


He made the decision with guidance from the state, the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and university officials,Fitzsimmons said in the statement.

Harvard’s action follows a similar precaution announced by its Cambridge neighbor, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT said Thursday that it canceled its admitted students weekend, which was scheduled to be held from April 16-19.

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