Skip to content

COVID-19 Update: All 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online.

Admitted Secondary School Program Students

Accepted into the Secondary School Program? This page will help you stay on top of important deadlines and procedures for participating in the Secondary School Program. Check back frequently for updates and reminders.

Upcoming Deadlines
Second round financial aid application deadlineThursday, March 4 at 12 p.m. ET
Course registration deadlines
For all students: Thursday, June 17
Program payment deadlineMonday, May 17

Accepting Your Admission to the Program

Upon acceptance, be sure to complete the following requirements to participate in the Secondary School Program. It’s important to begin preparation as soon as possible. 

All students must: 

1. Enroll in Secondary School Program

Accept your admission to the program at the bottom of the admission letter. Once you respond “yes” to our offer, an email will be sent to you with next steps.

2. Register for Courses

You must accept your offer of admission before registering. Register for your course(s) by logging in to your MyDCE portal using your DCEKey. You will be required to complete pre-registration and review and update your biographical and contact information in your MyDCE profile prior to registering for a course.

See our tips for choosing the right courses below. Be sure to register as soon as possible, because many courses have limited enrollment. 

3. Submit Payment for the Program

Payment for the program is required, in full, by Monday, May 17. 

  • Please note: You will be dropped from courses or course waitlists if payment is not received by this deadline.

Choosing the Right Course

The Secondary School Program is an exceptional opportunity for intellectual growth. 

To select the best course for you, we encourage you to:

Consider your interests, goals, and previous experiences. What have you already studied? Is there a subject that you do not have the opportunity to learn about in high school? What might you want to study in college? All courses will be academically rigorous and enable you to step out of your comfort zone and explore topics that you’re passionate about. Take a look at our Career Pathways for course suggestions.

Check the prerequisites. Be sure that you meet the requirements to register for the course(s) that interest you. Prerequisites, if any, are listed in course descriptions.

Contact academic advisors for assistance. The Secondary School Program advisors are here to help you choose the best courses for you, before registration and once the program begins. Our office is open Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST. Contact us for more information or email us to set up an advising appointment.

If taking two courses, be sure to balance your studies. Courses focusing on different subjects provide a well-rounded academic experience. Example course pairs include: 

  • Calculus I and Poetry Writing
  • Macroeconomics and The Architecture of Boston
  • Introduction to Psychology and Global Crime Fiction
  • The Essay and Principles of Physics: Mechanics 
  • Foundations of Neuroscience and How to Change the World 

Be mindful of the academic rigor when selecting courses. 

Pending enrollment availability, you may be able to transfer into a different class during the first few days of the summer term.