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Secondary School Program

  • Cost

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

  • 2021 Program Dates

    June 20 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.

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!

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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.

Career Pathways & Topics

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.

See what types of activities we offer.

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
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 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

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
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