Skip to content

Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Admissions for Pre-College Program

Eligibility For 2022

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 2023 or 2024
  • Are at least 16 years old by June 18, 2022, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2022

The account must be created, and the application must be completed, by the prospective student and not by parents/guardians, agents, counselors, or anyone else.

How to Apply

Do not complete the application on your smartphone. Please use a laptop or PC. Keep in mind that you may only apply for one program each summer, either the Pre-College Program or the Secondary School Program. 

Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including:

  • The $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • Counselor report: You can request a link be sent to your counselor in the application
  • Transcripts from 9th grade to fall 2021 grades: This can include progress reports, report cards, and educational summaries from your high school
  • Rules and Media Release online form: You can request a link be sent to your parent or legal guardian in the application
  • If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS language proficiency exam along with your application

Application Tips

  • No fee is required to start your application. You will be asked to pay the nonrefundable application fee only upon submitting the application. 
  • Review expectations for TOEFL and IELTS Academic tests (non-native English speakers only). The scores of successful applicants are typically above 103 on the TOEFL with 25 on the written section; IELTS are at least a 7.5 score with 7 on the written section. We do not accept Cambridge English Exam or TOEFL iTP test scores. Be sure to schedule your test appointment as early as possible, so that the test does not delay your application. You can also submit an interview and writing sample from InitialView to supplement your application, but these cannot replace the TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • When you apply, choose your program thoughtfully. You may apply to only one of Harvard Summer School’s college programs for high school students per year.
  • Use a desktop or laptop when completing your application. You will be asked to write short essays as part of your application. This may be challenging to do on a mobile phone. Therefore, we advise using a desktop or laptop computerfor completing your application.
  • Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an email prompting you to log in to check your application status after you’ve completed your application.

Admissions decisions are only valid for the summer term in which you apply. You may not defer admission to the program to a subsequent summer term. 

Application Deadlines

Financial aid is limited and subject to availability of funds. If you require financial aid, please complete your application as soon as possible. 

Application TypeApplication PeriodDecision Released
Early Application and Priority Financial Aid Deadline
Complete your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins.* If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please fill out the financial aid section of the program application.
December 1 through January 26 at noon ETFebruary 22 by 5 pm
Regular Decision and Financial Aid
Complete your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins.* If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please fill out the financial aid section of the program application. Financial aid will be awarded subject to availability of funds.
December 1 through March 2 at noon ETMarch 29 by 5 pm
Late Decision
Full payment is due upon registration for all accepted students. Financial aid is not available to late applicants.
March 2 through May 11 at noon ET
(or earlier if all course waitlists are full)
Decisions released on a rolling basis within 3 weeks of completed application.
*All materials (application including essays, counselor report, transcripts, current grades, online rules and media release from parent/guardian, TOEFL ibt/IELTS scores if English is not your native language, and application fee) must be submitted in order for an application be considered complete.

Selection Process

We will evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, current grades, counselor reports, and your short essays—when considering your application.

International Students

According to US State Department guidelines, international students participating in the Pre-College Program do not qualify for F-1 student visas as this is a non-degree program that requires less than 18 hours per week in the classroom.

Participants should apply for the B-2 tourist visa (citizens of some countries may not need visa stamps but will need pre-approval through the ESTA system) which allows for brief stays—usually less than six months—that may include participation in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree.

Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country if you have any questions about visas, country-specific policies, or the necessary documentation for your visit.

Please visit the US Embassy website to locate the embassy in your country.