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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Admissions for Secondary School Program

The application for Summer 2023 opens on December 1, 2022.

Eligibility For 2023

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 2023, 2024 or 2025
  • Are at least 16 years old by June 17, 2023, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2023

How to Apply

Do not complete the application on your smartphone. Please use a laptop or PC.

Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including:

  • The $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • Counselor report: You can request a link be sent to your counselor in the application
  • Transcripts from 9th grade to fall 2022 grades: This can include progress reports, report cards, and educational summaries from your high school
  • Rules and Media Release online form: We require a link be sent to your parent or legal guardian in the application
  • Review expectations for TOEFL and IELTS Academic tests (non-native English speakers only): Most successful Secondary School Program applicants score above 99 on the TOEFL, or 7.0 or above on the IELTS. Be sure to schedule your test early so it does not delay your application. You can also submit an interview and writing sample from InitialView to supplement your application, but these cannot replace a TOEFL or IELTS score. We do not accept Cambridge English Exam or TOEFL iTP test scores.

Selection Process

There will be two admissions deadlines — early application and regular application. After the regular application deadline there will be rolling admissions, if spots are still available in the program.

There is no minimum GPA requirement. We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, counselor reports, and your GPA—when considering your application. You are welcome to submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores, but they are not required.

Application Tips

  • Apply early, as space in the program is limited.
  • If English is not your native language, take one of the required proficiency tests early to ensure you get your scores in time to apply early in the application cycle.
  • Track our receipt of your supplementary materials by logging into your application. You want to be sure that we have all of your application materials on hand.
  • When you apply, choose your program thoughtfully. You may apply to only one of Harvard Summer School’s college programs for high school students per year.