Each summer, hundreds of high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores attend a Harvard Summer School program for High School students. Students live in Harvard Yard or commute, take Harvard courses, and engage in college prep activities, sports, dances, college visits and trips to Boston and New England.
Experience college academics and campus life at Harvard this summer. In Harvard Summer School’s programs for high school students, you’ll gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills to help you prepare for college.
Secondary School Summer Program
A seven-week college experience program for high school students
- A seven-week summer program for domestic and international students who graduate in 2017, 2018, or 2019
- Over 200 courses to choose from, taken for Harvard College credit
- The opportunity to attend class alongside college and adult students
- Flexible days for coursework, college prep and social activities, and athletics
- A residential experience, or commuting option, or an online option
Harvard’s Secondary School Program can be life changing. You’ll experience a summer of challenge, discovery, connection, and growth. Here at Harvard, you’ll evolve. And this evolution will not only make you a stronger college applicant, it'll make you a more independent, confident individual. See for yourself this summer in the Secondary School Program.
Housing for Secondary School Students?
You will live in a Harvard Yard or Union residence, where Harvard College freshmen live during the academic year, or in an upper-class House. Resident staff advise and supervise students in the residences.
A two-week noncredit program for high school students
- Three two-week sessions for US citizens and permanent residents who graduate in 2018 or 2019
- An immersive noncredit course of your choice
- The opportunity to engage and debate with fellow pre-college students in a supportive classroom setting
- Daily class meetings with planned afternoon activities
- On-campus housing with residential staff
Immersive, collaborative, transformative—that’s the Harvard Pre-College Program. As a rising high school junior or senior participating in our noncredit residential program, you spend two weeks living and learning at Harvard.
You attend class daily, exploring a topic in depth with Harvard faculty or visiting scholars. Outside of class, you participate in college prep activities, complete class assignments, and attend social events. We offer a selection of courses in three different two-week sessions. Subjects include law, computer science, writing, and philosophy.
This is an opportunity for you to thrive independently—as a thinker and an individual—while in a dynamic, supportive environment.
Housing for Pre-College Students
This is a residential program, and all students live at the Inn at Harvard, right in Harvard Square. Meals will be served at Harvard’s Annenberg Hall, a few minutes walk from the inn. Learn more about housing on our website.
Cost and Session Information
Seven-week Secondary School Program
Residential: $11,900 (includes room and board)
Online and commuter: 4-credit course $3050
8-credit course $6100
Two-week Pre-College Program
$4500 per session (includes room and board)
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My Summer at Holworthy [Hall] has assured me that, wherever I end up next fall, I’ll be prepared to be happy and successful there.
One of the most important things I learned is to be passionate about what you choose to learn. Education becomes more of a privilege rather than a task. I loved being truly interested in the classes that I was taking because I was motivated to broaden my knowledge, not just get an A.
I came here carrying my luggage and a passion for learning. I left carrying so much more. I learned that knowledge does not cease in the summer. I learned in our lecture halls not just to be a bystander of the news, but to be an active thinker, and a participant. I also learned lessons outside classroom walls, about balancing between friends and work, fitness and study. In these past seven weeks, we worked hard, we laughed hard, we learned a lot, and we realize that we have so much more to learn.