Pre-College Program Calendar

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.

Stay on top of important application and registration dates for the Pre-College Program. Visit the Admissions and Program Cost pages for more detailed information about application, financial aid, and registration policies.

All deadlines are eastern time.

Important Dates for Applicants

Application and Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines: 

 

Online application available
See admissions for required application materials.
See 
program cost for financial aid eligibility requirements.

Tues, December 1

Early application and priority financial aid deadline* 
Submit your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins. If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please fill out the financial aid section of the program application.

Tues, January 26 by noon 
(Decisions released Mon, February 22 by 5 pm)

Regular application and financial aid deadline*
Submit your application by this date to receive a decision before the full-payment deadline. If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please fill out the financial aid section of the program application. Financial aid will be awarded subject to availability of funds.

Thurs, March 4 by noon 
(Decisions released Mon, March 29 at 5 pm)

Late application deadline*
Full payment is due upon registration for all accepted students. Financial aid is not available to late applicants.

Fri, May 14 at noon, or earlier if all course waitlists are full
(Decisions released on a rolling basis within 3 weeks of completed application)

Important Dates for Admitted Students

Please note, we have removed deadlines that are no longer applicable toward your fully online summer experience.

  Session I
June 27-July 9**
Session II
July 11-July 23
Session III
July 25-August 6

Course Registration and Payment Dates: 

 
Course registration opens Thurs, February 25 at 9 am

Course registration deadline for admitted financial aid recipients
Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for classes by this date.

Fri, March 12 (Early Applicants)
Fri, April 9 (Regular Applicants)

Full payment deadline
Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. Registration with immediate full payment remains open through the course registration deadline.
Thurs, April 15
Course registration deadline
Accepted applicants may register online.
Thurs, June 17  Thurs, July 1 Thurs, July 15

Course changes deadline
Course changes require Pre-College staff approval after April 15.  Registered students may request changes by submitting a Pre-College Course Change form.

Thurs, June 17  Thurs, July 1 Thurs, July 15

Course Drop and Withdrawal Deadlines: 

 
Last day to drop courses for 100% program fee refund Thurs, April 15 
Last day to drop courses for 50% program fee refund Mon, June 14  Mon, June 28 Mon, July 12
Last day to withdraw from course for no refund
Course on record with WN (withdrawal) grade
Wed, July 7 Wed, July 21 Wed, August 4

Additional Planning and Program Dates: 

 
Accessibility services request deadline (if applicable) Mon, May 17
Orientation meetings
Family orientation at 10:30 am ET. In addition, students will be assigned to community engagement sessions.
Sun, June 27, 10:30 am ET Sun, July 11, 10:30 am ET Sun, July 25, 10:30 am ET
Pre-College class schedule 
Students take one course per session weekdays from 8:30-11:30, 12:00-3:00, or 3:15-6:15 and must attend all of their online classes in their entirety to receive a passing grade.
Mon, June 28 – Fri, July 9 Mon, July 12 – Fri, July 23 Mon, July 26 – Fri, August 6
Grades available online
Transcripts may be requested in online services. Faculty evaluations will be available in online services approximately six weeks after each session.
Tues, July 20 Tues, August 3 Tues, August 17

*All materials must be submitted in order for an application be considered complete.

**There will be no classes held in observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 5 2021.

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