Skip to content

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

Secondary School Program

  • Cost

    $3,400–$6,800 + $75 application fee

  • 2021 Program Dates

    June 20 to August 6​

  • Format

    Online for 2021

  • Courses

    200+ Courses to Choose From

female student sitting at desk

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

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

Prepare For Your Future!

Join us in 2021 from June 19 to August 6​.

Explore new areas of interest. Delve into something new as you try a subject not offered at your high school or discover a potential major. Choose from over 200 college courses taught by world-class scholars while earning college credit.

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

Prepare for your future. Learn the independence and the confidence that comes from successfully navigating a healthy balance between coursework, extracurricular activities, and new friends.



Are you an Admitted Student?

Stay on top of important deadlines and procedures for participating in the Secondary School Program.


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 2021, 2022, or 2023
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2020, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2021
  • Students are required to apply for the program

Cost & Aid

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

  • Online experience: $3,400–$6,800
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee

Online 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