Secondary School Program

A seven-week program for high school students

Harvard’s Secondary School Program can be life-changing. You’ll experience a summer of challenge, discovery, connection, and growth.

Here at Harvard, you’ll evolve. And this evolution will not only make you a stronger college applicant, it'll make you a more independent, confident individual.

See for yourself this summer in the Secondary School Program. Experience Harvard for seven weeks, and take college courses in a subject area that interests you.


The application period has closed.

In attendance this summer will be high school students who graduate in 2015, 2016, or 2017 and who meet the application and admission criteria.

If you're interested in applying for the program in a future year, you can review Admission to to get an impression of the criteria.

What you can expect:

Harvard courses for college credit

Alongside college and adult students, you can explore subjects not available at your high school and earn college credit in Harvard courses.

You study with distinguished faculty, use sophisticated labs, and conduct research in the largest university library system in the world.

In the following video, a former student talks about the experience of taking a college class at Harvard.

College prep

Attending the Secondary School Program and performing well will strengthen your application to any college or university.

College prep workshops, college trips to nearby campuses, a college fair, and Harvard College student talks are all available.

In addition, you get a sense of what college life is like. The students in this video share what they learned while living on their own for the first time.

A full social calendar 

By living on campus or participating in social activities like sports, a trivia bowl, and dances, you can make friends from all over the world. See what several past students have to say about the breadth of things to do.


If you are admitted as a residential student, the cost is $11,320, 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 $2,920 or $5,840 depending on how many credits you registered for.

See Cost and Financial Aid for more details.

Contact us

51 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-3722 USA
Phone: (617) 495-3192
Fax: (617) 998-8518