Calendar for the Secondary School Program

Stay on top of important application and registration dates for the Secondary School Program. Visit the Admissions and Program Cost pages for more detailed information about application, financial aid, and registration policies.

2020 Program Dates

June 20–August 8, 2020

Important Dates for Applicants

Online application available
See admissions for required application materials

December 2

Application Deadlines:

Early application deadline Fri, January 31 at noon
(Decisions released by February 25 at 5 pm.)
Regular application deadline Fri, March 13 at noon
(Decisions released by April 7 at 5 pm.)
Late rolling application deadline
Domestic residential, commuting, and online students may apply. (Domestic students may continue to apply pending space in the program.)
Mon, May 4 or until program is full
     International residential students Mon, April 20
Financial aid application available
See program cost for financial aid eligibility requirements
Financial aid application deadline Fri, January 31 at noon
Financial aid award decisions Tues, February 25 at 5 pm
Second round financial aid application deadline
If funds are available after first-round financial aid decisions

Fri, March 13 at noon

Second round financial aid award decisions  Fri, April 7 at 5 pm

Important Dates for Admitted Students

Course Registration and Payment Dates:

Course registration opens
Register early for best choice of courses. You must register, request housing (if living on campus), and pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being withdrawn from the program.
Mon, March 2 at 9 am
Course registration deadline for admitted financial aid recipients
Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for courses by this date.
Fri, March 13 (Early applicants)
Wed, April 15 (Regular applicants)
Full payment deadline
Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being withdrawn from the program.
Mon, May 18
Registration deadline
Last day for admitted students to register for summer courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
Thurs, June 18
Course change period
For registered students only; Secondary School Program approval required after Friday, June 19.
Fri, June 19 - Wed, June 24
Course changes deadline Wed, June 24

Housing deadlines:

Last day to complete housing request Mon, May 18
Housing cancellation deadline for full refund Mon, May 18
Housing cancellation deadline for refund less the $1,260 fee Wed, June 24
Housing cancellation for prorated board refund only after Wed, June 24

Course drop and withdrawal deadlines:

Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refund Wed, June 24
Last day to drop courses for 50% tuition refund Wed, July 1
Last day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Course on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Fri, July 24

Important pre-arrival and other deadlines:

Immunization requirement deadline Wed, April 15 (Early and Regular applicants)
Fri, May 22 (Late applicants)
Medical history and consent form deadline Wed, April 15 (Early and Regular applicants)
Fri, May 22 (Late applicants)
I-20 certificate requirements deadline for international students
You must complete the I-20 certificate requirements to live on campus.
Mon, May 4
Accessibility services request deadline Mon, May 18
ID card photo upload deadline Fri, May 22
Health insurance waiver deadline Wed, June 24

Arrival, exam, and departure dates:

Opening weekend
Residence buildings open; resident students move in; all students check in
Sat, June 20 - Sun, June 21
Orientation meetings
For residential and commuting students
Sun, June 21
Classes begin
Begin attending on-campus classes and participating in online classes from the first class meeting
Mon, June 22
Final exams
Classes may continue to meet during the exam period
Mon, August 3 - Fri, August 7
Summer School ends
You may leave campus after your last academic commitment (class, assignment, or exam)
Fri, August 7
Residence buildings close at noon Sat, August 8
Grades available online Tues, August 18
Last day to make up EXT grades
Instructor may set earlier due date
Fri, September 4


Memorial Day
Offices closed
Mon, May 25
Independence Day (Observed)
No classes; offices closed
Fri, July 3

All deadlines are the dates by which materials must be submitted online or received at 51 Brattle Street. Deadlines are 11:59 eastern time unless otherwise specified above.

Harvard Summer School offices at 51 Brattle Street are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm eastern time. Enrollment Services and the Registrar’s Office are open 9 am to 6 pm eastern time on Monday, June 22, through Wednesday, June 24.

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