Secondary School Program Admissions

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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 2017, 2018, or 2019
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2016 and will not turn 20 years old before July 31, 2017

To apply:

  1. Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including a counselor report, transcripts, and the signed rules and regulations. All supplemental forms should be completed and uploaded to the Document Management section in online services. The application fee is $50 and nonrefundable

  2. 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.

  3. Track the receipt of your application materials online to ensure we have received all materials. Keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks for us to process all of your materials.

  4. Watch your inbox. You’ll receive an e-mail 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.

Are you an international student?

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.

2017 Application deadlines

International residential students: Monday, April 17
Domestic residential students: Monday, May 15
Commuting and online students: Extended through Tuesday, May 30

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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