For Some High School Students, Harvard Secondary School Program Falls Short

When is the early application period?

The two-month window for early application is from December 1, 2022, to January 25, 2023.

Why apply early?

There are a number of reasons why it is wise to apply early.

  • It’s less stressful for everyone when you apply early. By not applying right before the deadline, you can avoid the stress and rush. You give your parents and other adult caregivers more time to help you by doing what they need to do. This applies to your counselor as well, who is crucial to your application.
  • Early round scholarships typically have more financial aid available, so they are larger.
  • If you apply early and are accepted, you give yourself plenty of time to complete the necessary post-admission tasks.
  • After being accepted, you’ll have the entire month of February to call us for academic guidance as you select your courses.
  • Early admission ensures that you are prepared to register for classes when they start on March 1. By registering early, you can secure a spot in the classes of your choice, even those with a limited number of seats.

How do I ensure that I choose courses that will enhance my college application?

The staff members of the Secondary School Program have a lot of experience guiding high school students. Students will work with us to choose classes that are appropriate for their abilities, interests, and objectives. We can make sure you enroll in courses that will help you succeed because we are very familiar with the summer course offerings.

Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST, our office is open. For more information, get in touch with us, or send us an email to schedule a consultation.

Does attending the Secondary School Program guarantee admission to Harvard?

No. On the other hand, excelling at Harvard Summer School will improve your application to any college or university. The Secondary School Program also provides a variety of opportunities that are intended to aid you in completing the college application process, getting accepted to the college of your choice, and improving your performance in a college environment.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. * Scholarship amounts depend on factors like family finances, funding availability, and whether a student commutes, lives on campus, or enrolls online. The staff at the Harvard Summer School is unable to forecast how much financial aid a student will receive. Students are urged to submit their financial aid applications by the deadline and apply for admission to the secondary school program. All submitted material will be reviewed.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • OR you need to be given DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
  • You must submit the applications and meet all deadlines.

May homeschooled students apply?

Yes, we accept applications from students attending homeschool. Other than family members, adults the student interacts with can submit a letter of recommendation. One or two letters are sufficient. The Counselor Report cannot be submitted by a family member. Please email inquiry@summer if you are unsure of who could complete the form. harvard. edu and we can help.

Can my family or guardians gain access to my application, records, and information?

We are prohibited by our policy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) from providing guardians or family members with information about a student’s grades or class schedule. No other information about Secondary School Program students is disclosed outside the University, including to parents, guardians, or family members, without the student’s prior written consent, unless otherwise permitted or required by law, with the exception of information defined as “directory information.”

Parents or other third parties are not included in our email correspondence with current or prospective students. To ensure that you receive important communications from the Secondary School Program, please check your email every day.

What policies related to conduct should I be aware of?

You should read the Student Handbook and the website’s policy section, both of which describe the obligations of students in relation to things like conduct, attendance, and academic integrity.

How difficult are the courses taken by Secondary School Program students?

SSP participants sign up for credit-bearing Harvard Summer School courses, the same ones that graduate students, college students, and more experienced adults take. The faculty here expects students to devote a significant amount of time outside of class to reading and assignments. Four-credit courses typically require 8 to 12 hours of work outside of class, but this varies by course and depends on the weekly assignments. It is important to keep in mind that the work will feel very different from what you are used to in high school because you are not only enrolling in college-level courses but also in a condensed and intensive Summer School term. Previous students have told us that the SSP particularly appealed to them because of the difficulty of these courses. At the end of the summer, you will be pleased with everything you have accomplished.

Where can I find information about COVID-19?

For any updates on policies and procedures pertaining to how COVID-19 will affect our programs, we encourage all Harvard Summer School applicants to visit the Harvard University COVID-19 information website as well as the Harvard Summer School updates page. Once students are accepted, any necessary communications will be sent to the email address they provided on their application.

Are there exceptions to the minimum age to enroll?

All students enrolled in Harvard Summer School for Summer 2023 must be at least 16 years old by June 17, 2023, in accordance with Massachusetts state law and other governmental and university policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including testing protocols and treatment practices. Students in the Secondary School Program cannot turn 19 before July 31, 2023.

This is a recent change to the age requirement. We hope you will plan to apply next year if you had intended to apply to Harvard Summer School but are no longer eligible due to age.

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Does Harvard Secondary School help you get into Harvard?

The Secondary School Program does not guarantee admission to Harvard. On the other hand, excelling at Harvard Summer School will improve your application to any college or university.

Can anyone go to Harvard Summer School?

Anyone looking to learn something new over the summer can enroll in Harvard Summer School!

How many people get into Harvard Summer Program?

That’s right, you do actually earn real credits there. You will receive a sizable booklet with courses from Sanskrit to Cell Biology if you are accepted (this summer they had about a 68 percent acceptance rate, so don’t think you don’t stand a chance – you certainly do).

Is the Harvard Summer School selective?

The study abroad programs offered by the Harvard Summer School look for motivated, independent students who are eager for a novel academic challenge. All programs are selective and have limited enrollment.

How do you get into Harvard secondary school?

How to Apply
  1. The $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Counselor report: In the application, you can ask to have a link sent to your counselor.
  3. Transcripts from the ninth grade through the fall of 2022: These could be high school progress reports, report cards, and educational summaries.

Is Harvard Summer Program prestigious?

The Harvard summer programs are some of the most prestigious in the nation. These programs consistently give your teen a top-notch educational opportunity while introducing them to life on an Ivy League campus. We list six of Harvard’s best summer programs in this article.

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