The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative experience. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment. Test your intellect without the pressure of letter grades, live a balanced (college) life, and discover your passions.
Learn without limits: Pursue your interests in courses focusing on physics, law, writing, philosophy, and a dozen other subjects. In our noncredit classes, we dispense with grades so that you can fully commit to your growth as a student.
Live at Harvard: When you attend the Pre-College Program, you’ll live in an historic undergraduate House, near Harvard Square.
Thrive outside the classroom: The Pre-College Passport: Guide to Life Outside of the Classroom is an integral and required part of the program. You use a “passport” to keep track of your attendance at events over the course of the two weeks. You choose two events in each of these four categories: academic exploration, college readiness, social events, trips and recreation.
At the end of the program, you’ll receive a written evaluation from your instructor, as well as a Harvard transcript with a grade of AR or NM (“requirements met” or “requirements not met”). This is a great way to supplement your college application.
With many courses to choose from in each session, you’re sure to find a topic that piques your interest. You take one course during a session.
Here is a sampling of courses that were previously available:
From Stars to Planets: Are We Alone in the Universe?
The Science of Politics: An Introduction to Coding and Statistical Analysis
Speaking with Power, Passion, and Purpose
Introduction to Quantum Physics Law and Philosophy
Why Haven't We Cured Cancer Yet? Insights from Evolution, Ecology, and Paleontology
The Power and Politics of Fairy Tales
Game Theory and Strategic Decisions
On the Witness Stand: Scientific Evidence in the American Judicial System