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Spend a summer learning from distinguished Harvard faculty and visiting faculty.

At Harvard Summer School, we bring together expert faculty and motivated learners from high school to adulthood during the summer months.

Instructing hundreds of courses in over 60 subjects, our faculty inspire students to choose their college major, find new direction in their careers, earn credit for their degree program, or find their confidence in higher education.

Our faculty are educators, practitioners, and scholars. Although their professional experiences differ, faculty share a passion for educating Harvard Summer School students of all ages to help them achieve their academic goals.

Harvard Yard in the summer

It was evident that [my professor] truly put in a large amount of time, dedication, and passion into this course which was reflected through his lectures. His passion for oncology and research was truly what made my time in Cambridge so enjoyable.

Nishi S.

Harvard Summer School Student

Whether you’re looking for a course on campus or online, we have many choices for you, taught in a variety of different formats and session lengths.

  • 51.5%

    Percent of all courses offered that are on campus

  • 73%

    Percent of class sizes under 25 students

  • 400+


  • 60

    Subject areas

summer students in library

Our students evaluate us at the end of every term on a scale from zero to five, and they consistently speak highly of our faculty.

  • 4.7/5

    Average instructor rating across all courses

  • 4.7/5

    Instructors communicate clear presentations

  • 4.7/5

    Instructors are available for content questions

An instructor stands in front of a class of summer school students.

We Bridge Academia and Practice

Our faculty bring extensive professional experience and expertise to the classroom. You’ll learn from faculty who are leaders in the arts, medicine, data science, biotech, and business, and who are doctors, consultants, published authors, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

We Teach Across Harvard and Beyond

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Princeton
  • MIT
  • Brandeis
  • Vassar
  • Dartmouth
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • University of Chicago
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Emory
An instructor sits in front of a class of Harvard Summer School students.

The professors that I got to learn from were amazing. Their depth of knowledge and eagerness to share that knowledge is mind-blowing, and always keep you engaged. I have realized my potential and how much more I am capable of.

Himangini A.

Harvard Summer School Student