Dean's Welcome

Sandra Naddaff

Photo courtesy of Harvard Gazette

All of us at the Harvard Summer School invite you to join us in 2015 in a long academic tradition of excellence and innovation. Begun in 1871, our program is the oldest academic summer program in the United States and continues today to offer a unique opportunity for intellectual exploration and cultural enrichment through the remarkable resources of Harvard University.

Our more than 300 summer courses cover a wide range of subjects, including those in science, humanities, writing, economics, computer science, and many foreign languages. Some courses prepare you for advanced studies in science and medicine. Others introduce you to topics like drama, dance, management, and finance.

In addition to the courses in Cambridge, we offer study abroad programs in locations around the world. These are directed by Harvard faculty and provide special opportunities for international studies.

We also offer two programs specifically for high school students. In our Secondary School Program, students enroll in our seven-week college courses for credit. They can, if they wish, live on campus, and participate in a full residential experience that includes living in the Harvard dormitories and eating in Annenberg Hall.

Our Pre-College Program offers high school students the opportunity to engage in a two-week, non-credit course of study that includes courses in writing, computer science, and law, among others. This program is residential-only, and again gives students the chance to experience undergraduate life at Harvard. Both programs include extensive extracurricular programming as well as academic support and advising in preparation for college.

As a student at Harvard you will join a vibrant community of motivated students and distinguished faculty as you satisfy your intellectual curiosity, make friends from around the globe, and explore the many facets of Harvard University and the Boston-Cambridge area. On behalf of the faculty, I invite you to examine our offerings and to join one of America’s most stimulating academic environments. We look forward to welcoming you here at Harvard this summer.

Sandra Naddaff
Dean of the Summer School
Senior Lecturer on Literature and Comparative Literature, and Director of the Freshman Seminar Program