Harvard Pre-College Program

The application deadline for Summer 2020 high school programs has now passed.

  • Session I:

    June 28–July 10, 2020

  • Session II:

    July 12–July 24, 2020

  • Session III:

    July 26–August 7, 2020

For 2020 we are offering an online synchronous program. The information below is for our typical Pre-College residential program offered in other summers. For more information on the 2020 program please see our admitted students section.


The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative residential experience. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment.


Whether you decide to attend for two, four, or six weeks, you’ll be introduced to college life as you attend challenging courses, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities. 

In the Pre-College Program you have the opportunity to:

Learn without limits

Pursue your interests in courses focusing on physics, law, writing, philosophy, and a dozen other subjects. In our noncredit courses, we dispense with grades so that you can fully commit to your growth as a student, well-rounded individual, and engaged citizen.

Explore your course options 

Live at Harvard

When you attend the Pre-College Program, you’ll live in an historic undergraduate House, near Harvard Square. You will be with your fellow Pre-College students, resident directors, and proctors who provide mentoring and support.

You’ll also enjoy meals in one of Harvard’s dining halls, which are a short walk from Harvard Yard and provide many options for a variety of dietary needs. Your plan covers three meals a day, seven days a week, and snacks during a nightly “brain break.”  

Thrive outside the classroom

The Pre-College Passport: Guide to Life Outside of the Classroom is an integral and required part of the program. You use a “passport” to keep track of your attendance at events over the course of the two weeks. You choose two events in each of these four categories: academic exploration, college readiness, social events, and trips and recreation. 

The Pre-College Passport Program offers many intellectually stimulating co-curricular activities beyond the classroom. With faculty and Harvard-affiliated experts, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on topics like the Psychology of Colorblindness, Introduction to Patent Drafting, Licensing and Litigation, and Gender and Politics in the United States.

From our Harvard Yard scavenger hunt to a trip to the white sand beaches of Newport, Rhode Island, there’s no shortage of fun activities in the Pre-College Program. You might enjoy a Shear Madness performance, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or a trip to the Museum of Science.

Ready to take that next step?

If you will graduate in 2021 or 2022, we invite you to learn about:

We also cover some of the most common questions students and parents ask.