Harvard Pre-College Program

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.

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

Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program students can choose from three sessions in 2021: 

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

Application for the two-week Pre-College Program is now open!

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“This experience helped better prepare me for university life, and to understand what the workload is like at an Ivy League school.” - Bekele Estephanos, 2018 student

Test your intellect without the pressure of letter grades. You will be challenged by Harvard faculty and affiliates as you study one subject over two intensive weeks. In small classes of no more than 20 students, you can explore a subject in depth under the guidance of an Ivy League scholar.  

Live a balanced (college) life. When class is not in session, you can participate in creative and social activities. Join in co-curricular activities that stimulate your mind, like performing in a talent show or attending college readiness workshops. Enjoy some time to simply have fun and get to know your peers.

Discover your passions. Whether you're undecided about potential areas of study or want to take a deeper dive into an established interest, the Pre-College Program can help you find what really drives you. Past students have found their future career paths and made lifelong connections with mentors and peers.

We’ll release details on course offerings throughout the coming months.

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