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

Pre-College Program

  • Cost

    $3,200 + $75 application fee

  • Format

    Online for 2021

  • Courses

    100+ noncredit courses to choose from

  • Application Deadline

    May 3, 2021

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An academically rigorous program for exceptional high school students.

The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative experience. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment.

Catch a Glimpse of College Life

In 2021, students will be able to choose from three, two-week sessions:

  • Session I: June 27-July 9
  • Session II: July 11-July 23
  • Session III: July 25-August 6

Test your intellect without the pressure of letter grades. You will be challenged by Ivy League scholars as you immerse yourself in one subject in a small class of no more than 20 students.

Live a balanced (college) life. When class is not in session, you can participate in creative and social activities. Join in co-curricular activities that stimulate your mind. And take time to have fun and get to know your peers.

Discover your passions. Whether you’re undecided about potential areas of study or want to take a deeper dive into subject you love, the Pre-College Program can help you find what really excites you.


Are you an Admitted Student?

Stay on top of important deadlines and procedures for participating in the Pre-College Program.


In this collegial setting, you will practice the art of healthy debate, learning to communicate clearly and diplomatically on complex topics.

  • 42

    Languages Spoken

  • 50

    U.S. State and Territories

  • 58

    Countries Represented

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How to Apply

The admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both of the following criteria:
  • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2022 or 2023
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2020, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2021

The Course Experience

With over 30 courses to choose from in each session, you’re sure to find a topic that piques your interest.

You take one course during a session, and although courses do not have letter grades they are rigorous.

At the end of the program, you’ll receive a written evaluation from your instructor, as well as a Harvard transcript with a grade of AR or NM (“requirements met” or “requirements not met”). This is a great way to supplement your college application. Please note: You need to attend every online class in its entirety to receive a passing grade of “Met All Requirements.”


Explore the course catalog or browse courses by topic below.


Speech, Writing and Literature

Psychology, Medicine, and Public Health

Law, Politics, Philosophy, and History

Business and Leadership

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)

Cost & Aid

The total fee for a Harvard Pre-College Program 2020 online session is $3,200. The program fee includes tuition and activity costs for the full two weeks. There is also a non-refundable $75 application fee.

A limited number of scholarships are available to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Awards vary based on need, and a typical award covers a portion of the tuition.

Pre-College Program Activities

This intensive two-week session isn’t just about academics. See which activities you can immerse in during your summer session.

Pre-College Program Activities
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Contact Us

Interested in learning more about the program? Complete our request form, and a member of our team will contact you.

Phone: (617) 495-4024


Harvard Pre-College Program
1100 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02138-3722 USA