Admission and Getting Started

The admissions committee looks for mature, academically motivated students who graduate from high school and enter college in 2016, 2017, or 2018.

If English is not your native language, you submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE Academic score along with your application. Schedule your test appointment as early as possible.

If you are considering both the Pre-College Program and Harvard Secondary School Program, please note that you can only apply to one program. For a comparison of the two programs, see our programs for high school students page. 

2016 application information

The application period will open in mid-November, and full instructions and deadlines will be posted online in early November. The application process typically involves the following:

  • Submitting an online application.
  • Providing supplemental materials, including a counselor report, transcripts, and IELTS, TOEFL, or Pearson PTE Academic scores if your native language is not English.