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Course Registration

Registration Requirements and Deadlines

Course registration is a multi-step process that supports your educational journey at Harvard Summer School and the Division of Continuing Education (DCE). We encourage you to review the information below as early as possible, as some requirements must be met before you can register for courses. 

How To Register

Adult and college students: create your MyDCE student account now to meet registration requirements and provide necessary information prior to the start of registration. 

Current high school students: apply to our Secondary School Program or Pre-College Program. You must first be admitted to one of these programs before you may access the MyDCE student portal and register for courses. 

Registration Steps

  1. Review registration requirements, enrollment policies, and important deadlines. Meet any requirements that apply to you. 
  2. Log in to your MyDCE student portal. 
  3. Complete Pre-Registration. From your student dashboard, select “Pre-register Now” in the “Pre-Registration” box. You must complete pre-registration before you can register for courses each term.
  4. Register for courses. Select “Course Registration” at the end of pre-registration or from the quick link menu on your student dashboard. You will be directed to our Online Services system to add courses and submit your course registration.
  5. Watch for emails from the Summer School with additional information and updates.

Registration Requirements

English Proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must meet the English proficiency requirement before you can register for courses or take the test of critical reading and writing skills

Placement Tests: Many courses require a passing score on the test of critical reading and writing skills before you can register. Some courses require you take a math placement or economics proficiency exam prior to the start of the course. Look in course descriptions to see if a test is required and take it as early as possible. 

Additional Student Guidelines

International Students:Find information for international students studying full time for credit in courses on campus.

Harvard College Students: Learn more about opportunities for Harvard College students.

Harvard Extension School students:Read additional guidelines that apply to Harvard Extension students.


You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. If you are dropped for non-payment, you remain eligible to register for courses until registration ends. However, there is no guarantee space will still be available in the courses or on the waitlists from which you were dropped.

If you register for courses after the payment deadline, you must pay in full immediately. Otherwise, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.

Learn more about Tuition, Fees, and Payment.

Late Registration

Late registration is not permitted. 

Students are expected to register for courses during the registration period and meet all other registration and payment requirements by the deadlines listed in the academic calendar. New registration is not permitted after registration ends.

Students registered for a course(s) when registration ends may continue making course changes up to the course change and withdrawal deadlines listed in the academic calendar. Students who are not registered when registration ends are not permitted to register late. See course changes and withdrawals for more information.

Your Registration Confirmation

After you register, you will receive a confirmation by email. You may also print a copy of your registration schedule from MyDCE.

Need Help?

Please contact Enrollment Services at (617) 495-4024 or email