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Secondary School Program

  • Cost

    $3,500–$13,200 + $75 application fee, $200 health insurance

  • 2022 Program Dates

    June 18 to August 6​

  • Courses

    200+ Courses to Choose From

  • Formats

    3 Options to Choose From

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Experience what it's like to be a college student for seven transformative weeks.

Choose from over 200 college courses taught by world-class scholars while earning college credit.

Prepare For Your Future!

You’ll get a true taste of college as you engage with fellow high school and college students and thrive in an academically rigorous environment.

Career Pathways & Focused Areas of Study
Explore how learning might apply to a career. Discover a potential major. Delve into a passion or subject not offered at your high school.

Enjoy the perspective that comes from connecting with a diverse group of peers as you engage in intellectual debate and explore new activities together.

Gain the confidence to do well in college that comes from successfully navigating a healthy balance between coursework, extracurricular activities, and new friends.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Choose From Three Flexible Formats

SSP Residential SSP Online SSP Commuting
Class Format On-Campus Online On-Campus
and/or Online
Number of Credit Hours 8 credit hours 4 or 8 credit hours 4 or 8 credit hours
Have the option to drop their 2nd class No
(Can switch to another class)
Yes Yes
(Unless restricted by visa)
Live in Harvard Housing Yes No No
Participate in Activities Yes Some Yes
Harvard ID, access to campus buildings Yes No Yes
(Except dorms)
College credit from Harvard Yes Yes Yes
Financial aid eligible
(U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
Yes Yes Yes
Tutoring and Writing Center access Yes Yes Yes

As a summer student at one of the top-ranked universities in the world, you'll experience a challenging learning environment.

  • 38

    Languages Spoken

  • 48

    U.S. State and Territories

  • 64

    Countries Represented

  • 17 Years

    Offering an Online Version of the Program

How to Apply

 The admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both the following criteria:

  • Will graduate from high school and enter college in 2022, 2023, or 2024
  • Are at least 16 years old by June 18 , 2022, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2022
  • Students are required to apply for the program

For the most current information related to COVID-19, check the Harvard University COVID-19 information website as well as the Harvard Summer School updates page for any updates on policies and procedures regarding how COVID-19 will impact our programs. Once students are admitted, they will receive any important communications to the email address provided in their application.

Cost & Aid

The total cost of the Secondary School Program depends on the number of courses taken and which format:

  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • $200 health insurance
  • SSP Residential $13,200. Cost includes tuition + Room and Board
  • SSP Commuting and SSP Online $3,500 (4-credits) – $7,000 (8-credits). Cost is for tuition only and depends upon the number of credits taken.

Secondary School Program Activities

The seven-week Secondary School Program gives you time to connect with peers based on common interests. See all the activities available to you.

Secondary School Program Activities
Harvard Summer School band