Harvard University: Seven-Week Program for High School Students

    Harvard University: Seven-Week Program for High School Students


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Other
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Arts, Humanities
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 16, 17, 18
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    Imagine studying at Harvard for seven weeks next summer, fully immersed in the college experience and earning college credit. Whether you choose to live on campus, commute, or take courses online, you’ll have the opportunity to explore complex topics, gain valuable life skills, and form lasting bonds. 

    As a summer student at one of the top-ranked universities in the world, you'll experience a challenging learning environment. Whether you’re making liquid nitrogen ice cream in a chemistry lab or examining sea urchins with a marine biology professor, you'll find fascinating ways to build your knowledge.

    Challenge yourself academically while earning college credit: Neuroscience, film, philosophy, creative writing, and computer science—these are just a few of the 200-plus courses you can choose from.

    Expand your worldview: Learn and connect with students from all over the globe. You’ll also study alongside undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals.

    Become a stronger college applicant: Participating in the Secondary School Program will not only enhance your college application, but the experiences you gain will also make you a more informed applicant and confident college student.

    College Prep: You can participate in a variety of activities that expose you to college academics, campus life, and the admission process, including a fair with more than 75 colleges throughout the country, organized visits to New England colleges, such as Brown and Yale, and workshops to prepare you to write a college application essay or take college exams.

    Live independently: You may choose to live on campus at Harvard, attend as a commuter, or take your courses online. However, living on campus provides an excellent opportunity to become a more independent, confident individual. To ensure your safety, proctors and staff provide guidance and supervision.

    Get out and about: From free films and concerts to volunteer opportunities and day trips, there’s always something going on at Harvard. 


    • This entire experience was surreal and I am so grateful I was able to attend. The student body was so diverse and I made connections through networking that l could have never imagined. I want to thank the Financial Aid advisory for providing me with the funds to attend this program; if that had not been gifted to me, I would have not been able to attend.

      - Christalyn Ausler, Winnebago, Illinois - Secondary School Program, 2019 - October 30, 2019
    • This experience has really made me think of college differently – it’s something I can do. I feel more independent. This is one of my favorite summers.

      - Maya Avelino, Jacksonville, Florida - Secondary School Program, 2018 - January 11, 2019
    • I really wanted to do something worthwhile with my summer. With the 7-week program, I was able to take two different classes with Harvard students. It feels more genuine to the actual college experience. The diversity of students and the diversity of cultural values really helps shape the educational experience here.

      - Vipul Periwal, Gorham, Maine - Secondary School Program, 2018 - January 11, 2019
    • I chose the Harvard program because it offered many courses that other schools did not provide. You can get the full college experience, an entire semester of classes, and get the credit on top of it.

      - May Sanadhya, Singapore - Secondary School Program, 2018 - January 11, 2019
    • There is so much I’ve learned from this program. Meeting new people and having a solid group of friends has really motivated me. I felt the sense of belonging and I felt the sense of importance.

      - Muhammad Elarbi, San Diego, California - Secondary School Program, 2018 - January 11, 2019