Secondary School Program

Imagine studying at Harvard for seven weeks, fully immersed in the college experience. Whether you choose to live on campus, commute, or take courses online, you’ll have the opportunity to explore complex topics, gain valuable life skills, and form lasting bonds.  

If you are a high school student who will graduate in 2016, 2017, or 2018, we invite you to explore all that the Secondary School Program has to offer.

Challenge yourself academically while earning college credit

Neuroscience, film, philosophy, creative writing, and computer science—these are just a few of the 200-plus courses you can choose from. Branch out from typical high school offerings, and explore more advanced topics that aren’t available back home.

You’ll study with Harvard faculty and visiting scholars, and earn college credit you may transfer to your chosen university.

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Expand your worldview

Learn and connect with students from all over the globe. You’ll broaden your perspective, build a lasting network of diverse individuals, and gain a better understanding of other cultures.

On campus you can enjoy all that Harvard has to offer. Conduct experiments in Harvard labs, perform research in the world’s largest university library, or work out in our fully equipped fitness facilities.  

Become a stronger college applicant

Not only will participation in the Secondary School Program enhance your college application, but the experiences you gain will also make you a more informed applicant.

You can participate in a variety of activities that expose you to college academics, campus life, and the admission process, including:

  • A college fair with more than 60 colleges, including Duke, Stanford, Columbia, the University of North Carolina, and many more

  • Organized visits to New England colleges such as Brown and Yale

  • College counseling sessions with assistant deans who have the expertise to help you select the university that’s right for you

  • Workshops to prepare you to write a college application essay or take college exams

Live independently

In the Secondary School Program, you may choose to live on campus at Harvard, attend as a commuter, or take your courses online.

Living on campus provides an excellent opportunity to become a more independent, confident individual. To ensure your safety, proctors and staff provide guidance and supervision.

You’ll enjoy meals with your classmates at Harvard’s Annenberg Hall. The meal plan includes meals three times a day, seven days week.

Get out and about

From free films and concerts to volunteer opportunities and day trips, there’s always something going on at Harvard Summer School. Our most popular Secondary School Program events are:

  • Trivia bowl

  • Talent show

  • Dances

  • Intramural sports

  • Performing arts (if you play music, bring your instrument!)

Here, you’ll want to be ready for anything. While there is no dress code, we recommend packing athletic wear and a business-casual outfit. 

The transformation begins here

From the moment you step on campus, you’ll be steeped in the Harvard experience. Alongside fellow students from around the world, you’ll learn, grow, and have fun in the process.

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