Comp Overview
Since 1948, Crimson Key has provided invaluable service to the Harvard community, from our daily historical tours of Harvard Yard to our community outreach program, TEACH, and Keysters have a great time doing it all.

Second Round Overview
Congratulations on making it to the second round of Key Comp! In the second round, you will be asked to prepare a full tour and present it to two different members of Key.

Important Dates to remember:

  • Model Tours: March 6-10, March 20-24 @ 5PM
  • Tour Deadline: Tuesday, April 4th
  • Final Decision: End of April

Comp Resources
Feel free to use the following resources to prepare your full length tour.

Tour Outline
You can view a suggested tour outline here. This document outlines the bare minimum information that should be presented for each tour stop. We strongly encourage you to go on model tours, do outside research, and include personal stories to make your tour unique.

Model Tours
Monday, March 6 – Friday, March 10
Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24 (5pm each day)
Led by members of CKS exclusively for compers! Meet in front of Grays

Information Sheet
We compiled a list of common tour mistakes as well as other valuable information in this document.

Frequently Asked Questions
You can view answers to frequently asked questions about Crimson Key comp here.

Other Comp Resources
You are more than welcome to check out our regular tours, which run every Monday – Saturday at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM. All CKS tours leave from the Information Center in the Smith Campus Center.

Our guidebook, Inside Harvard, is another great resource as you prepare your model tour stop. Find the guidebook at Harvard libraries, the Harvard Coop, and on

If you have any questions regarding Crimson Key comp, feel free to email our Comp Director, Shub Chhokra ’18, at .