Pre-College Courses Overview

  • Session I:

    June 28–July 10, 2020

  • Session II:

    July 12–July 24, 2020

  • Session III:

    July 26–August 7, 2020

The Classroom Experience

To encourage interactive learning, class sizes are small and typically range from 12 to 18 students. In this collegial setting, you will practice the art of healthy debate, learning to communicate clearly and diplomatically on complex topics. You'll tackle challenging problem sets, delve into complex articles, and deliver presentations on your own research, all under the guidance of Harvard-affiliated instructors for a true Ivy League experience. 

Although courses do not have letter grades, they are rigorous.

You are in class during one of the three windows: 8:30 to 11:30 am, 12 to 3 pm, or 3:15 to 6:15 pm. You can expect two to four hours of homework each day.

At the end of the program, you’ll receive a written evaluation from your instructor, as well as a Harvard transcript with a grade of AR or NM (“requirements met” or “requirements not met”). This is a great way to supplement your college application.

course Offerings

With over 30 courses to choose from in each session, you’re sure to find a topic that piques your interest. You take one course during a session.

If more than one course appeals to you, you may apply to participate in multiple sessions. You must be admitted to the program to enroll in a pre-college course.

Our 2020 Courses

Our new offerings will be posted in late January. Until then, you can review 2019 pre-college courses

Browse Courses by Topic

Speech, Writing, and Literature
Psychology, Medicine, and Public Health
Law, Politics, Philosophy, and History
Business and Leadership

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