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

Pre-College Program Courses

Session I:
June 27–July 9, 2021
Session II:
July 11–July 23, 2021
Session III:
July 25–August 6, 2021

The Course Experience

The Harvard Pre-College Program will be hosting all courses in a synchronous online format for Summer 2021. Please see the course catalog for updates.

To encourage interactive learning, class sizes are small and typically range from 12 to 18 students. In this collegial setting, you will practice the art of healthy debate, learning to communicate clearly and diplomatically on complex topics. You’ll tackle challenging problem sets, delve into complex articles, and deliver presentations on your own research, all under the guidance of Harvard-affiliated instructors for a true Ivy League experience. 

Although courses do not have letter grades, they are rigorous.

You are in your online class during one of the three windows:

  • 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • 12 to 3 pm
  • 3:15 to 6:15 pm Eastern Time (ET).

You can expect two to four hours of homework each day.

At the end of the program, you may 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.”

Course Offerings

With over 25 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.

If more than one course appeals to you, you may apply to participate in multiple sessions. You must be admitted to the program to enroll in a pre-college course.

Browse Courses by Topic

Speech, Writing, and Literature

Psychology, Medicine, and Public Health

Law, Politics, Philosophy, and History

Business and Leadership