Prepare For Your Future!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Choose the Format that Fits Your Life
We have three formats to offer you flexibility in the Secondary School Program.
|SSP Residential||SSP Online||SSP Commuting|
|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)
(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
|College credit from Harvard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Financial aid eligible
(U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
|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.
U.S. State and Territories
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 15 years old by December 1, 2021, 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:
- SSP Residential $13,200. Cost includes Tuition + Room and Board.
- $200 health insurance (SSP Residential Only)
- 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.
- Non-refundable $75 application fee