Pre-College Courses Overview

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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 classroom experience

To encourage interactive learning, we keep class sizes small, ranging from 10 to 18 students. In this collegial setting, you will practice the art of healthy debate, learning to communicate clearly and diplomatically on complex topics.

Although courses are not graded, they are challenging. You are in class during one of the three windows: 8:30 to 11:30 am, 12 to 3 pm, or 3:15 to 6:15 pm. You can expect two to four hours of homework each day.

At the end of the program, you’ll receive a written evaluation from your instructor, as well as a Harvard transcript with a grade of AR or NM (“requirements met” or “requirements not met”). This is a great way to supplement your college application.

course offerings

With nearly 30 courses to choose from in each session, you’re sure to find a topic that piques your interest. You take one course during a session.

If more than one course appeals to you, you may apply to participate in multiple sessions, selecting related courses in back-to-back sessions. You must be admitted to the program to enroll in a pre-college course.

Tips when searching for courses

  • Courses indicated as “Filling” are at least 60% full.
  • If a course has a “Waitlist”, look for alternatives. You may consider exploring a new subject area.
  • Please do not contact instructors to request an accommodation for “Waitlisted” or “Closed” courses.

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