Secondary School Program Admissions

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Eligibility for 2018

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

  • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2018, 2019, or 2020
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2017, and will not turn 20 years old before July 31, 2018

To apply:

All supplemental forms should be completed and uploaded to the Document Management section in online services.

  • If English is not your native language, submit a TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or Pearson PTE Academic score along with your application. The Harvard Summer School institution code is 8578.
  • Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an email notice prompting you to log in to check your application status. You can expect to be notified within two weeks once your application is complete.

Apply Now

The Secondary School Program application is now open. Do not complete the application on your smartphone. Please use a laptop or PC. 

Here's how to get started:

Keep in mind that you may only apply for the Pre-College Program or the Secondary School Program.

Need help? This video guide of the application provides helpful tips.

international students

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, an F-1 student visa is required to study on campus. To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain an I-20 certificate of eligibility from Harvard Summer School. Be sure to read International Student Guidelines

2018 Application Deadlines

Financial aid application deadline: Thursday, February 1, 5pm
Late financial aid application deadline: Monday, April 2 or until funds are no longer available
International residential students: Monday, April 23
Domestic residential students: Monday, May 21
Commuting and online students:

Friday, June 15

Selection process

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis, and the selection process is very competitive.

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 online services. You want to be sure that we have all of your application materials on hand.


You register for courses after acceptance to the program. Most courses do fill up quickly, so plan to register early.

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