Calendar for the Secondary School Program

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.

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.

2021 Program Dates

June 19–August 6, 2021

Important Dates for Applicants

Please note, we have removed deadlines that are no longer applicable toward your fully online summer experience.

Online application available
See admissions for required application materials

Tues, December 1

Application Deadlines:

Early application deadline Tues, January 26 at noon
(Decisions released by February 25 at 5 pm.)
Regular application deadline Thurs, March 4 at noon
(Decisions released by March 29 at 5 pm.)
Late rolling application deadline
Online students may apply. 
Thurs, May 20 or until program is full
(Decisions released 10 business days from time of completed application submission.)
     International residential students Mon, May 3
Financial aid application available
See program cost for financial aid eligibility requirements
Tues, December 1
Financial aid application deadline Tues, January 26 at noon
Financial aid award decisions Mon, February 22 at 5 pm
Second round financial aid application deadline
If funds are available after first-round financial aid decisions

Thurs, March 4 at noon

Second round financial aid award decisions  Mon, March 29 at 5 pm

Important Dates for Admitted Students

Please note, we have removed deadlines that are no longer applicable toward your fully online summer experience.

Course Registration and Payment Dates:

Course registration opens
Register early for best choice of courses. You must register and pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being withdrawn from the program.
Tues, 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Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for courses by this date.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 12 (Early applicants)
Thurs, 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 17
Registration deadline
Last day for admitted students to register for summer courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
Thurs, June 17
Course change period
For registered students only; Secondary School Program approval required after Friday, June 18
Fri, June 18 - Wed, June 23
Course changes deadline Wed, June 23

Course drop and withdrawal deadlines:

Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refund Wed, June 23
Last day to drop courses for 50% tuition refund Wed, June 30
Last day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Course on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Fri, July 23

Additional Planning and Program Dates:

Accessibility services request deadline Mon, May 17
Orientation meetings Sat, June 19
Sun, June 20
Classes begin
Begin attending and participating in online classes from the first class meeting
Mon, June 21
Final exams
Classes may continue to meet during the exam period
Mon, August 2 - Fri, August 6
Summer School ends Fri, August 6
Grades available online Tues, August 17
Last day to make up EXT grades
Instructor may set earlier due date
Fri, September 3


Memorial Day
Offices closed
Mon, May 31
Independence Day (Observed)
No classes; offices closed
Mon, July 5

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.

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