Secondary School Program

A college program at Harvard for high school students

Wondering what college is like? Experience it yourself this summer in Harvard’s Secondary School Program.

Take real Harvard courses

Alongside college and adult students, you can earn college credit in Harvard courses and explore subjects not available at your high school. You study with distinguished faculty, use state-of-the-art labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world.

Meet people from around the world and prepare for college

By living on campus or participating in intramural sports, a trivia bowl, dances, and other social activities, you can make friends from all over the globe. You can also attend college prep workshops, a college fair, and talks by Harvard students and Harvard admissions staff.

Learn more in Activities and College Prep.

Applying to the program

The online application period has been extended. Apply now.

Domestic students

  • If you are living on campus, apply by May 12.
  • If you are commuting or studying online, apply by June 13.

International students

Although the deadline for residential students has passed, you may still apply by June 13 to study online.

The Secondary School Program is open to high school students who will graduate in 2014, 2015, or 2016 and who meet the application and admission criteria.

See Admission and Getting Started.


If you are admitted as a residential student, the cost is $11,000, which includes tuition for two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course, room and board fees, and a health insurance fee (if needed). If you are admitted as a commuting student or distance learner, you pay tuition only for the course(s) in which you are registered.

See Tuition and Financial Aid for more details.

Contact us

51 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-3722 USA
(617) 495-3192,