Secondary School Program Admissions

The Secondary School Program is now accepting applications for summer 2019.

Eligibility for 2019

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 2019, 2020, or 2021
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2018, and will not turn 20 years old before July 31, 2019

How To apply

Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including:

  • The $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • Counselor report: you can request a link be sent to your counselor in the application.
  • Transcripts from ninth grade to fall 2018 grades: this can include progress reports, report cards, and educational summaries from your high school.
  • If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS language proficiency exam along with your application.

Application Tips

  • No fee is required to start your application. You will be asked to pay the nonrefundable application fee only upon submitting the application. 
  • Choose your program before you start. Keep in mind that you may only apply to one program: the Secondary School Program or Pre-College Program.
  • Use a desktop or laptop when completing your application. You will be asked to write short essays as part of your application. This may be challenging to do on a mobile phone. Therefore, we advise using a desktop or laptop computer for completing your application.
  • Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an email prompting you to log in to check your application status approximately three weeks after you’ve completed your application.

Admissions decisions are only valid for the summer term in which you apply. You may not defer admission to the program to a subsequent summer term. 

Apply Now

Applications are now being accepted. 

New student? To get started, you will need to create an account through the DCE Single Sign-On portal. The create account option can be found in the top right corner of the login screen.

Already have a Harvard Key or DCE account? Simply log in to access the application.

Start Your Application

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

2019 Application Deadlines

Financial aid application deadline: Friday, February 1, noon 
International residential students: Monday, April 23
Domestic residential students: Monday, May 6
Commuting and online students:

Monday, May 6

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

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