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Admissions

Information about summer 2017 courses, programs, and deadlines will be online in mid-January.

The application period for the 2016 Secondary School Program is now closed. See the program calendar for all dates and deadlines.

Eligibility

The Secondary School Program admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who graduate from high school and enter college in 2016, 2017, or 2018.

To apply:

Applications for the Secondary School Program are now closed.

  1. Complete an online application and provide the supplemental materials, including a counselor report, transcripts, and the signed rules and regulations. The application fee is $50 and nonrefundable

  2. If English is not your native language, submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE Academic score along with your application. The Harvard Summer School institution code is 8578. If you wish to request to waive these tests, submit the test waiver request form.

  3. Track the receipt of your application materials online to ensure we have received all materials. Keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks for us to process all of your materials.

  4. Watch your inbox. You’ll receive an e-mail notice prompting you to log in to check your application status. You can expect to be notified approximately two weeks after your complete application has been submitted.

Keep in mind that you may only apply for the Secondary School Program or the Pre-College Program.

Are you an international student?

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, an F-1 student visa is required to study on campus. To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain an I-20 certificate of eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Provisional applications from Boston-area ninth graders

We are no longer accepting provisional applications from Boston-area freshmen for the 2016 summer session. 

Selection process

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis, and the selection process is very competitive.

There is no minimum GPA requirement. We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, counselor reports, and your GPA—when considering your application. You are welcome to submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores, but they are not required.

Application tips

  • Apply early, as space in the program is limited.

  • If English is not your native language, take one of the required proficiency tests early to ensure you get your scores in time to apply early in the application cycle.

  • Track our receipt of your supplementary materials by logging into online services. You want to be sure that we have all of your application materials on hand.

NEXT STEPS AFTER ADMISSION

You register for courses after acceptance to the program. Most courses do fill up quickly, so plan to register early.

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