Harvard Extension School Student Forum

Come discuss with other HES students in a new forum who are at Harvard Extension School. Talk about life in and around Cambridge, Boston, classes, school, Harvard University, course reviews, and more. Interested in the best ways to travel to Harvard for your residency requirement? Check out the 'On and Around Campus' category for tips and advice. Want to join a book club with other Harvard Extension School students that read through the Harvard Classics? It's a Harvard education in and of itself. ExtensionStudentForum Forum categories include 'Job Postings & Job Seekers', 'Extension Confidential', 'Professional Graduate Certificates', 'HBX', 'ALB' and 'ALM' discussions. Extension Student Forum is brought to you by The Degree Tracker.

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This forum is exclusively for Harvard University students. The sponsor for this forum is an exciting new web app, The Degree Tracker. Track and plan your Harvard Extension School ALM and ALB degrees or professional graduate certificate. Course ratings, instructor reviews, accomplishment badges, planning, tracking, and other tools to help guide students through their HES journey. TheDegreeTracker is proud to bring you this tool to use to track your degree at Harvard Extension School. If you are a student who has more courses than you can keep track of, and you would like to plan out your degree pathway carefully, then track and plan courses with the Degree Tracker to take control of your education. Including course reviews and course ratings, TheDegreeTracker has the potential to not only guide you through your degree, but to let you help other students who might be wondering about the HES courses that you've taken. The Degree Tracker is glad to provide the Harvard Extension School Student Forum (ESF) to help foster a nurturing environment. This forum for was born in 2015 to create better Harvard Extension School friendships, networking, and information to contribute to a better overall HES experience. Extension students formerly congregated at forums such as philfac and extensionstudent. This website has no affiliation with either the philfac or extensionstudent websites. It has been created and run by 100% completely different leadership. For the extension student who wants a bigger taste of what life with other Harvard Extension students is like, combining the Degree Tracker and the extension student forum can foster that sense of community that others have on campus. Another advantage of participating in an online community over the Harvard campus is that extension students can develop permanent relationships with other extension students that being on a physical campus might not necessarily allow, since online students are great at staying in touch online.

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Course already completed

At the end of this summer, I will have completed 64 credits at HES and will have completed my AA. I would like to use the DegreeTracker for the remainder of my ALB beginning this fall. Is there a way to add courses no longer offered to my completed course history? While searching I only find the current course catalog. I did notice that I can enter the subject and number (GOVT E-1042, for example) but that was all and I was curious whether I was missing something.


  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    We try to keep thedegreetracker.com updated when new courses come out and haven't tried preserving previous years. It would make it more difficult to sift through literally thousands of previous courses to find the current ones for most users.

    With that said, The Degree Tracker does allow you to manually enter your previous courses, and you'd only have to fill out the required fields. It may still take a while, but maybe you can relive your triumphs at HES if you take the time to do it?

    One potential workaround would be to find the current version of your previous courses and simply change the date.

    In any case, good luck with the ALB!
  • Thank you for the timely reply. That is what I thought to be the case, I appreciate your assistance.
  • bejacksonbejackson Posts: 31
    @Grat I have a question: Can the Degree Tracker show which courses are new from last year? Every year the extension school has new offerings, but never a list of only the new additions. I've requested that from the admissions office, but they say that is not easily available. It would be nice to know this to help decide if there's a better offering to replace an older course I was already planning. Thank you!
  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    I could actually do that fairly easily. Maybe I'll just post the results here instead of trying to work it into The Degree Tracker
  • bejacksonbejackson Posts: 31
    That would be great! I told the admissions office, "surely it's just a simple SQL query based on date_added".... ;)
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