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Enrollment Policies

Enrollment Policies

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Minimum Age Policy

If you have completed high school and are planning to register for courses in the general Summer School program (7-week or 3-week sessions), you must be: 

  • 15 years old by July 1, 2017 to enroll for noncredit and undergraduate credit.
  • 18 years old by July 1, 2017 to enroll for graduate credit.

If you are a high school student currently completing the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, including those graduating this year, you must apply to the Secondary School Program or the Pre-College Program. See Secondary School Program Admissions and Pre-College Program Admissions for information.

If you are applying to a Study Abroad Program, see the “Who can apply” section on the Study Abroad Programs page for information.

FULL- AND PART-TIME ENROLLMENT

One credit is equivalent to one semester hour. Credits are listed in course descriptions.

Eight credits constitutes full-time enrollment in Harvard Summer School. Four credits constitutes half-time enrollment. All study abroad programs are full time. If you are a Harvard Extension School degree candidate enrolled in a thesis or internship course, you are enrolled full time. Courses with grades of excluded-from-course (EXD), required-to-withdraw (RQ), administrative withdrawal (WA), or withdrawal (WD) are excluded from these definitions.

All certifications of current enrollment status, including information submitted to the National Direct Student Loan Clearinghouse, are based on these time status calculations and your total Summer School undergraduate and graduate credit enrollment. Enrollment status is not calculated separately for three-week sessions. See Transcripts and Enrollment Verification for more information on enrollment verification and loan deferments.

Maximum enrollment

Maximum credit enrollment for the Summer School is 8 credits.

Secondary School Program students

You may enroll only in seven-week session courses that have been approved for your program. If you are a residential student, you must be enrolled in 8 credits, the Summer School maximum. Non-residential students who attend as commuters or online may enroll for either 4 or 8 undergraduate credits.

General summer program students

You may enroll in seven-week session courses or three-week session courses up to the credit enrollment maximums listed below. You may enroll in both three-week sessions, but you may not enroll in both seven-week and three-week session courses. The maximum credit enrollment for each session is as follows:

  • 8 credits in the seven-week session
  • 4 credits in three-week session I
  • 4 credits in three-week session II

General Program students may enroll with noncredit status in one 4-credit course beyond the maximum.

Maximum enrollment policies

During registration, you may register for up to 4 credits beyond the maximum, including courses in which your status is waitlisted or pending prerequisite review. By the registration deadline, you must drop any credit courses over the maximum for your session, or you will be dropped by the Registrar. Exceptions to this policy are made only if one of the following applies:

  • Your course overload is balanced by waitlist or pending review status in one or more courses.
  • You are a Harvard College student with approval for an overload from your Allston Burr Assistant Dean/Resident Dean of Freshmen (see Harvard College Student Guidelines).
  • You are an admitted candidate in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program or Math for Teaching Program and you receive your program advisor’s approval for an overload.

I-20 certificates of eligibility for the F-1 student visa are issued only to students who are enrolled in the maximum number of credits for their session, in addition to meeting all other I-20 requirements. See International Student Guidelines.

Time conflicts

You may not be enrolled in courses that meet at the same or overlapping times unless at least one of the courses is also offered online and is not a web-conference course.

If you register for courses with time conflicts, you must drop one or more of the conflicting courses by the registration deadline, or you will be dropped from those courses by the Registrar. Exceptions to this policy are only if the time conflict includes one or more courses in which you are waitlisted or pending prerequisite review.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

In some courses, instructors give assignments during the first class to confirm that you have met specific prerequisites and that your English proficiency is sufficient. Based on the results or on your general performance, you may be dropped during the course change period and required to move into courses that are more appropriate for your level.

right to refuse registration

The Summer School may refuse registration to a person who has been required to withdraw from another Harvard school or course, officially ordered to stay away from the Harvard campus, found responsible for a disciplinary violation at another educational institution, or adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime.

COURSE CANCELLATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES

Courses occasionally must be canceled or rescheduled for a semester or session, due to low enrollment or other unexpected reasons. Note that if a course is canceled, or if you must drop a course due to a schedule change, your tuition is refunded in full, but you are responsible for textbooks, course packs, travel costs, and other incurred expenses.

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