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

Calendar for Secondary School Program

2021 Program Dates

June 20–August 6, 2021

Stay on top of important application and registration dates for the Secondary School Program.

Visit the Admissions and Program Cost pages for more detailed information about application, financial aid, and registration policies.

Important Dates for Applicants

Please note, we have removed deadlines that are no longer applicable toward your fully online summer experience.

Application Open and DeadlinesDates
Online application available
See admissions for required application materials
Tuesday, December 1
Early application deadlineTuesday, January 26 at noon
(Decisions released by February 25 at 5 pm.)
Regular application deadlineThursday, March 4 at noon
(Decisions released by March 29 at 5 pm.)
Late rolling application deadlineMonday, May 3 or until program is full
(Decisions released 10 business days from time of completed application submission.)
Financial aid application available
See program cost for financial aid eligibility requirements.
Tuesday, December 1
Financial aid application deadlineTuesday, January 26 at noon
Financial aid award decisionsMonday, February 22 at 5 pm
Second round financial aid application deadline
If funds are available after first-round financial aid decisions.
Thursday, March 4 at noon
Second round financial aid award decisions Monday, March 29 at 5 pm

Important Dates for Admitted Students

Please note, we have removed deadlines that are no longer applicable toward your fully online summer experience.

Course Registration and PaymentDates
Course registration opens
Register early for best choice of courses. You must register and pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being withdrawn from the program.
Tuesday, March 2 at 9 am
Course registration deadline for admitted financial aid recipients
Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for courses by this date.
Friday, March 12 (Early applicants)
Thursday, April 15 (Regular applicants)
Full payment deadline
Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being withdrawn from the program.
Monday, May 17
Registration deadline
Last day for admitted students to register for summer courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
Thursday, June 17
Course change period
For registered students only; Secondary School Program approval required after 4 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 17. Please note our administrative offices will be closed June 18-19. Course advising will begin on June 20.
Friday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 23
Course changes deadlineWednesday, June 23
Course Drop and WithdrawalDeadlines
Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refundWednesday, June 23
Last day to drop courses for 50% tuition refundWednesday, June 30
Last day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Course on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Friday, July 23
Additional Planning and Program Dates
Accessibility services request deadlineMonday, May 17
Orientation meetingsSunday, June 20
Classes begin
Begin attending and participating in online classes from the first class meeting
Monday, June 21
Final exams
Classes may continue to meet during the exam period
Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6
Summer School endsFriday, August 6
Grades available onlineTuesday, August 17
Last day to make up EXT grades
Instructor may set earlier due date
Friday, September 3
Memorial Day
Offices closed
Monday, May 31
Independence Day (Observed)
No classes; offices closed
Monday, July 5

Administrative offices are closed on University holidays, weekends, and July 2.

All deadlines are the dates by which materials must be submitted online or received at 51 Brattle Street. Deadlines are 11:59 eastern time unless otherwise specified above.