Secondary School Program Admissions

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.

Eligibility for 2021

The admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both the following criteria:

  • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2021, 2022, or 2023
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2020, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2021

Complete An Online Application

2021 Application Deadlines

Financial aid application deadline:

Tuesday, January 26 at noon

Thursday, March 4 at noon

Application deadline: 

Thursday, May 20

Selection process

There will be two admissions deadlines for 2021: January 26 for early applicants, and March 4 for regular applications. After March 4, there will be rolling admissions, if spots are still available in the program.

There is no minimum GPA requirement. We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, counselor reports, and your GPA—when considering your application. You are welcome to submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores, but they are not required.

Application tips

  • Apply early, as space in the program is limited.

  • If English is not your native language, take one of the required proficiency tests early to ensure you get your scores in time to apply early in the application cycle.

  • Track our receipt of your supplementary materials by logging into your application. You want to be sure that we have all of your application materials on hand.

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The Secondary School Program application is now open.

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