Harvard Pre-College Program

Interested in joining us in 2018?

Applications will open in December, so mark your calendars. Until then, join our insider list. You'll be one of the first to know about 2018 application deadlines, program updates, courses, and more. 

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  • Session I:

    June 24–July 6, 2018

  • Session II:

    July 8–20, 2018

  • Session III:

    July 22–August 3, 2018

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

Whether you decide to attend for two, four, or six weeks, you’ll be introduced 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 physics, 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.

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Live at Harvard

When you attend the Pre-College Program, you’ll live in a historic undergraduate House, near Harvard Square. You will be with your fellow Pre-College students, resident directors, and proctors who provide mentoring and support.

You’ll also enjoy meals in one of Harvard’s dining halls, which are a short walk from Harvard Yard and provide many options for a variety of dietary needs. Your plan covers three meals a day, seven days week, and snacks during a nightly “brain break.”  

Thrive outside the classroom

The Pre-College Passport: Guide to Life Outside of the Classroom is an integral part of the program. You use a “passport” to keep track of the two required events chosen in these four categories: academic exploration, college readiness, social events, and trips and activities.  

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 psychology of color-blindness, classic literature from around the world, health and politics of low-income Americans, and science of happiness.

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

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.

Ready to take that next step?

If you will graduate in 2019 or 2020, we invite you to learn about:

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