Summer Programs for High School Students

Challenge yourself in college-level academics. Meet new friends from around the world. Strengthen your college application. And, build important life skills that can make your future college experience a success.

Harvard Summer School offers two different programs that both offer a transformative introduction to college life.

Applications Open December 1

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An intense and exciting glimpse into the college experience.

  • Challenge yourself in a college course taught by Harvard faculty and affiliates, without the pressure of grades.

  • Engage with your peers in structured co-curricular activities, college readiness workshops, and social events.


Immerse yourself in college life for seven weeks

  • Choose one or two for-credit classes and delve deeply into subjects that may not be offered in high school and could help you decide on a career path or satisfy a curiosity.

  • Prepare for the future as you experience what it's like to balance responsibility with independence. Outside of class, your time can be filled with program activities, exploring Harvard with friends – it’s up to you.