Summer Programs for High School Students

For reasons of health and safety, all 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online, and we will not be hosting a residential program for high school students. The feedback from our 2020 virtual programs from students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

Challenge yourself in college-level academics. Meet new friends from around the world. Strengthen your college application. And, build important life skills that can make your future college experience a success.

Harvard Summer School offers two different programs that both offer a transformative introduction to college life.

Applications are now open for both programs.

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Explore Our Two Programs

Pre-College Program (Two Weeks, Non-Credit)

An intense and exciting glimpse into the college experience

During this intensive two-week program, you will take the first steps toward your college journey alongside a diverse group of exceptional high school students.

  • Challenge yourself in a college course taught by Harvard faculty and affiliates, without the pressure of grades.
  • Engage with your peers in structured co-curricular activities, college readiness workshops, and social events.

Check out the Pre-College Program


Secondary School Program (Seven Weeks, Credit)

Immerse yourself in college life for seven weeks

In this dynamic seven-week program, you can earn college credit while experiencing firsthand what it's really like to be a college student.

  • Choose one or two classes that delve deeply into subjects that really excite you and may not be offered in high school.
  • Prepare for the future as you experience what it's really like to balance responsibility with independence.

Check out the Secondary School Program

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High school program applications are now open!

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