Harvard College Student Overview

Harvard Summer School offers over 200 courses that count for Harvard College degree credit. These courses take place over a 7-week session, from June 21 to August 6, 2021.

In 2021, all Summer School courses will be held online, either via Zoom or other online platforms. We will have courses that count for each of the General Education categories, as well as courses that count toward distribution requirements in the College.

Courses are not restricted to Harvard College students but may include graduate students, Harvard Extension School students, visiting students from other universities, qualified secondary school students, or other adult learners.

New details will be added to this page frequently – please check back.

Registration and Dates

Before registering for your courses, please review and refer to the Harvard College Student Course & Policy Guidelines for important course credit information for Harvard College students, policy notes and departmental notes.

View the Course Registration section of this website to find complete information about Summer School course registration – as well as the 2021 course catalog.

See also: Limited-Enrollment Courses and Waitlists, and Enrollment Policies

Key Dates

  • Course Registration: begins on March 2 at 9am
  • Full Payment Deadline: May 17
  • Deadline for Course Registration: June 17

Review the Summer Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Advising and Academics

The Advising Programs Office can offer advising to Harvard College undergraduates. Please contact the Advising Programs Office directly for more information.

Please review the list of courses that count for Harvard College credit available on the Harvard College Student Course & Policy Guidelines section or our website. Only courses that appear on this list may be taken for degree credit. Please also review the Courses Approved for Divisional Distribution and the Courses Approved for Quantitative Reasoning with Data lists.

If a department has provided special instructions about concentration requirements, they are listed on the Harvard College Student Guidelines section of our website. The Summer School strongly recommends that students consult their Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions about concentration credit.

Academic Accommodations

Harvard College students will need to register with the Summer School Accessibility Services office (ASO) to receive academic accommodations. 

Course Registration Directions

Before registering for Summer School courses, you will need to create an account with the Summer School. You will register for Summer School courses directly with the Summer School rather than through my.harvard.

You may create a Summer School account at any time. If you are interested in limited enrollment courses, we encourage you to create an account and register early as classes may fill, however, many courses are open enrollment (see availability notes within the Summer School Course Catalog).

If your native language is not English, you will be asked to meet the Summer School English proficiency requirement before you can register. To waive this requirement, you must contact proficiency@summer.harvard.edu after creating your account and inform them that you are a Harvard College student seeking exemption to the Summer School’s proficiency requirement. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exemption to be posted to your account after emailing.

Once you register for a course you will receive information from the Summer School Registrar’s Office and Student Financial Services regarding important enrollment and financial information. See the Tuition, Fees, and Payments section below for details on Summer School payment dates and deadlines.

Course Changes and Withdrawals

After registering for courses, you may wish to make changes to your course schedule. Review the deadlines, exceptions, and policies before making changes.

Tuition, Fees, and Payment

Tuition Waiver

Undergraduate students who have been enrolled remotely for the full academic year 2020-21 are eligible for a tuition waiver for two Summer School courses (or the equivalent of 8 credits). The waiver applies only to courses that count for Harvard College credit.

The Office of Career Services (OCS) will work with the Summer School to administer the tuition waiver. To receive the tuition waiver, eligible Harvard College students must submit a separate OCS application form through CARAT by April 7. (The OCS application is separate from course registration at the Summer School.) Students eligible for the waiver can contact OCS with questions about the process or the waiver form. Eligible students who choose to use the tuition waiver should note that it will count as your one source of Harvard summer funding as outlined by the summer funding policy.

If you are eligible for the Summer School waiver – and have completed all necessary steps via the Office of Career Services – your waiver will transfer automatically to the Summer School and appear in your Summer School student account in early to mid-May at which time your student account balance will be updated to reflect the waiver. Note that you must have created your Summer School account in order for your waiver to transfer to the Summer School. If your waiver does not cover your total balance you are responsible for paying your balance in full by May 17, or you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. The last day to drop a course for a 100% tuition refund is June 23.

All tuition waiver eligibility questions should be addressed to your Resident Dean. The Advising Programs Office can also offer advising.

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid is not available through the Harvard Summer School. Students receiving outside funding such as private educational loans or other benefits should submit documentation to Harvard Summer School Student Financial Services at least 10 days prior to the payment deadline.

View the Tuition, Fees, and Payment section of this website for full information on payment deadlines, policy and procedures.

Student Responsibilities

All students are responsible for knowing and adhering to Harvard Summer School policies and procedures outlined on this website and on the Harvard Summer School Student Handbook website.

See full policy information on the Student Responsibilities section of the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I enroll in a course that does not count for Harvard College Credit?
You may register for a wide range of courses in the Summer catalog, but the tuition waiver applies only to courses that count for Harvard College credit.

Q: Where can I find syllabi for courses?
Course listings in the Course Catalog will have a link to the syllabus once it has been approved by the Summer School, usually by early spring. 

Q: Do grades transfer to Harvard College?
Yes, grades will automatically transfer to Harvard College at the end of the summer.

Q: Do academic accommodations transfer from Harvard College?
Harvard College is separate from the Harvard Summer School; therefore, you will need to register with our Accessibility Services Office (ASO)  to receive academic accommodations.

Q: Is housing available this summer?
Fully matriculated Harvard College undergraduate students may be eligible to live on campus this summer. For those students who receive financial aid and learned remotely in the fall and spring and who plan to enroll in Harvard Summer School, they will be eligible to live on campus with subsidized room and board. Note that for the summer of 2021, any specific accessible housing accommodations should be requested from the Accessible Education Office at Harvard College.

For more information on housing visit the Dean of Students Office website.

Do you have questions? 

Contact us at:
Harvard Summer School
51 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-3722 USA
(617) 495-4024

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