Admitted Secondary School Students

Once accepted into the Harvard Secondary School Program, there are steps you must take, whether you’re a residential or commuting student, before you are enrolled in the program.

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Key dates

  • Monday, March 2: Course registration begins. You can begin requesting housing online.
  • Monday, March 23: Last day for US citizens and permanent residents to apply for financial aid.
  • Monday, May 4: Last day for international students to complete I-20 requirements.
  • Monday, May 18: Last day to request housing (if admitted as a residential student, and pending availability), register for courses, and pay in full.
  • See other important dates in the calendar.

Registering for courses

If you have been admitted to the program, you may register for courses from March 2 to May 18. Register online with credit card payment for faster service.

If you are admitted as a residential student, you must enroll in 8 credits. If you are admitted as a commuting student or distance learner, you may enroll in either one 4-credit course or in 8 credits.

International students: If you are requesting an I-20 certificate, you must be registered for a total of 8 undergraduate credits in the seven-week session by the May 4 deadline to meet the I-20 requirement.

See a list of popular courses for Secondary School Program students. Also, see Course Selection and Academic Advice for more information on how to select your courses.

Communication

Secondary School Program communicates primarily with students, rather than parents or third parties. We often communicate by e-mail.

Applicants and admitted Secondary School Program students should:

  • Make sure Secondary School Program e-mails are not being filtered as spam. Add all “@dcemail.harvard.edu” addresses to your e-mail safelist.
  • Check your e-mail daily.
  • Read Secondary School Program and Summer School e-mail messages carefully, and follow instructions thoroughly and quickly.

Financial aid

Students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply for financial aid through March 23.

Residential students

If you are admitted as a residential student, you must request housing, register for courses (8 credits), and pay in full by May 18, or you will be withdrawn from the program. Complete these tasks as soon as possible. Space in the residences, and in many classes, is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who meet all the requirements. So you are strongly advised to complete these tasks well before May 18.

Note that you must request permission to be away from campus on a Friday or Saturday night with a parent or guardian, or with another responsible adult with a parent’s permission. You can review the weekends policy.

Request housing early

After you are admitted, you must request housing online starting March 2.

On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who submit an online housing request and meet all requirements. We encourage you to complete these requirements early to ensure all materials are processed while space in Harvard’s residential buildings is still available. The last day housing may be requested (provided space is still available) is May 18.

Opening Weekend

Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, mark the official opening of Harvard Summer School. Residences open on Saturday, and you are encouraged to check in that morning. Look for the arrival guide in the spring for more details.

On Opening Weekend, residential SSP students wait until all roommates arrive before determining who settles in which bedroom and sleeps in which bed. This is an excellent way to begin getting to know your roommates.

For advice and to find some calm outside the ferment of the first few days, you are welcome to visit us in our summer office. There you can see your assistant dean, talk with the proctors hanging out, and get to know other students. The first few days are hectic, and the office can be crowded, but we want to meet you.

Immunizations

All students who live in Summer School housing or who attend the Summer School while on a visa of any kind must comply with Massachusetts immunization regulations by May 22. Detailed information on these requirements will be available mid-January.

Commuting and online students

If you are admitted as a commuting student or online learner, you must register for your course(s) and pay in full by May 18, or you will be withdrawn from the program.

Commuters enjoy many of the benefits that students living on campus enjoy. Secondary School Program students who live off campus must either live at home with a parent or guardian, or live near campus with a relative or other responsible adults, with the approval of the Secondary School Program office.

Students who attend as commuters or distance learners may enroll for either 4 or 8 undergraduate credits.

Opening weekend

There is an orientation for commuter students on June 21. Look for the arrival guide in the spring for more details.