Each summer, hundreds of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors attend a Summer High School Program at Harvard. Students live in Harvard Yard, commute, or take online courses. In addition to Harvard courses, students 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.
The Summer High School Program courses are taught by scholars including Harvard faculty, Harvard affiliates, and visiting instructors. We offer more than 300 courses to choose from.
A seven-week college experience program for high school students
Secondary School Summer Program
- A seven-week summer program for domestic and international students who graduate in 2020, 2021, or 2022
- 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 2021 or 2022
- 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: $12,810 (includes room and board)
Online and commuter: 4-credit course $3,340
8-credit course $6,680
Two-week Pre-College Program
$4,750 per session (includes room and board)
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One of my favorite quotes is there is no such thing as a single story. A lot of what Harvard has taught me is that single stories don’t exist. You get to create and write your own stories. Through those stories, you meet a lot of other people who each have their own individual stories. It’s great to come together based on interests and learn from others.
Although the program is rigorous, it’s also very immersive. As you are learning, you are learning as a community. It’s not just rhetoric being lectured to you.