Harvard Pre-College Program

Looking forward to summer 2017? 

Information will be posted on a rolling basis:

  • By late November: programs for high school students information 
  • In mid-January: general course listings, housing information, and deadlines

You can see a preview of 2017 dates in the calendar.

  • Session I:

    June 26–July 8, 2016

  • Session II:

    July 10–22, 2016

  • Session III:

    July 24–August 5, 2016

The Harvard Pre-College Program is immersive, collaborative, and transformative. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic, supportive academic environment.

Whether you decide to attend for two, four, or six weeks, you’ll get an introduction to college life as you attend challenging classes, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities. 

in The Pre-College Program you have the opportunity to:

Learn without limits

Pursue your interests in courses focusing on computer science, law, writing, philosophy, and a dozen other subjects. In our noncredit classes, we dispense with grades so that you can fully commit to your growth as a student, well-rounded individual, and engaged citizen.

Explore your course options 

Thrive outside the classroom

The summer Pre-College Program offers many intellectually stimulating co-curricular activities beyond the classroom. With faculty and Harvard-affiliated experts, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on topics like the impact of your social media presence; the value of negotiation skills; and race, class, and gender diversity.  

Nicknamed America’s College Town, Boston is full of the most well-respected institutions in the world. Take the opportunity to visit campus and speak with admissions advisors at local universities, including MIT, Boston University, and Tufts University.

Live at Harvard

When you attend the Pre-College Program, you’ll live in a historic undergraduate house, right in Harvard Square. You will be with your fellow pre-college students, two resident directors, and resident advisors who provide mentoring and support.

You’ll also enjoy meals at Harvard’s Annenberg Hall, which is a short walk from Harvard Yard. Your plan covers three meals a day, seven days week, and snacks during a nightly “brain break.”    

Explore the city

From our Cambridge scavenger hunt to a trip to the Sand Sculpting Festival at America’s first public beach, there’s no shortage of fun activities in the Pre-College Program. You might enjoy a Cirque du Soleil performance, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or a trip to the Museum of Science. 

Remember, curfew is at 11 pm. Don’t be late!

Ready to take that next step?

If you will graduate in 2017 or 2018, we invite you to learn about:

We also cover some of the most common questions parents ask.