Summer HSSP Program Details

Please wait until Summer 2017 to receive further announcements.
  • The HSSP office is 1-246. You should head there if you need any help.
  • On the first day (July 10), all students must check in before their first class. Report to:
    • Lobby 13 on the first floor of Building 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • The HSSP Office in 1-246 after 1:30 p.m.
  • Students who miss the first day must fill out the absence form and go to the HSSP Office in 1-246 on their first day they show up.
  • Class Changes are available starting at noon in the HSSP office (1-246).
  • Parking on MIT's campus is recommended as a last resort only. The MIT parking website includes a list of parking lots that are free on weekends.
  • Getting around MIT can be a challenge. Note MIT room numbers are in the form of B-FNN(N), where B is the building number, F is the floor number, and NN(N) is the room's number (usually 2 digits; 3 in the case of building 13 rooms and other rooms like 14-0637). Pronounce room numbers by pronouncing the building number and room number separately: fourteen oh six three seven (14-0637) or one two forty-six (1-246).

Program Vitals:
What: An in-depth look at a variety of both academic and nonacademic subjects.
When: Summer HSSP 2016 will be held on Sundays from July 10th to August 21st, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Who: Rising 7th graders to students entering their freshman year of college.
Where: All classes will be held on the MIT campus.
Contact E-mail:
Registration: Registration and this year's class catalog will be available in late May.
$40, but please note that very generous financial aid is available. We encourage any and all students for whom this cost is prohibitive to register for the program and apply for financial aid as part of the registration process.
If you plan to miss a week, you should fill out the Class Absence Form.

Times and Dates
Student Check-in
Class Changes
Registration Process
Cost and Financial Aid
Directions and Parking
Contact Information
Medical/Liability Form
General HSSP Info

Times and Dates: Summer HSSP 2016 will be held on Sundays from July 10th through August 21th. Classes will take place in four time blocks: 10:30-12:00PM, 1:00-2:00PM, 2:00-3:00PM, and 3:00-4:30PM. Students may have classes during one or more time blocks. Lunch is from 12:00-1:00PM. Students will need to bring lunch with them or buy lunch on campus. There are a variety of food options available on campus, including at the student center.

Classes: HSSP has a wide variety of classes for rising 7th graders to students entering their freshman year of college. The class catalog for Summer HSSP 2016 can be found here. In some cases, teachers will allow grade range exceptions for their classes. If you feel you can make a strong case for taking a class you are not eligible for, email us at

Student Check-In: On the first day, student check-in will be in Lobby 13 starting at 9:30AM. Starting at 1:30PM, check-in will be moved to the HSSP Office (room 1-246) and will remain there until the end of the day. If you won't be able to attend the first day of classes, please fill out the absence form so we know to hold your spot and report to 1-246 on the second day of HSSP.

Eligibility: Students from rising seventh graders to those entering their freshman year in college of all interests and levels may participate.

Class Changes: There will be opportunities to change your schedule during the first two weeks of HSSP. After the first day of the program, we will have a better idea of which classes still have open spots. At this time, we will allow students to submit preferences for class changes on our website. We do not have wait lists for each class. Instead, students who submit preferences for class changes by the deadline (which we will set after the first day of HSSP) will all have an equal chance in the class changes lottery. A link to class changes will be made available after the first week of the program.

Registration Process: During the first phase of registration, you’ll be able to rank your class preferences for each time block. Afterwards, we’ll run a lottery to match students to classes. All preferences entered before the first phase of registration ends will be treated equally. This class lottery phase will end on June 19th and students will be notified of the results late June. Students will have the option to add and drop classes before and during the first two weeks of the program.

Cost and Financial Aid: Summer HSSP will cost $40, regardless of how many classes are taken. We accept payment online (online payments must be made before July 7th) or during student check-in on the first day of the program, in cash or check made out to MIT ESP. The online payment system will open after students receive lottery results and confirm their enrollment - starting in late June. Very generous need-based financial aid is available, and the request form will be available when you register online. If your family would have any problems paying for HSSP, we strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid.

Email: Email is the main way that HSSP coordinators and teachers communicate with students. Unfortunately, sometimes our emails are marked as spam, and don't go through. If you don't get a confirmation email, you should try the following:

  1. Check what email address your ESP account is configured for. Sometimes, people mistype their email address, or type in their parents' email instead of their own. You can check here.
  2. Check that the email was not caught in a spam folder.
  3. If you still can't find the email, email us individually, and we'll send you a confirmation email. Also, make an allowed source.
  4. Performing step 3 will not guarantee that you get all of our emails - our emails keep getting caught in spam filters, and there is very little we can do about it. You should check this page on the website regularly to make sure you're up to date. We will announce sent emails on the website. Also, email to let us know that you're not receiving our emails, so we can see if there is anything we can do about this.

Food: HSSP does not provide student lunch. There are various places to eat around MIT (at the student center, building W20, as well as at nearby restaurants); see food map. Alternatively, students are welcome to bring a bagged lunch. We also strongly recommend that students bring their own bottled water.

Directions and Parking:

Attendance: It is important that you try to attend all 7 weeks. Space is limited in our program and we anticipate being oversubscribed. If you cannot attend all 7 weeks, please keep in mind that you are taking the spot of someone else who would be able to fully attend the program. In addition, many of the courses will build upon previous material, and so missing a week will put you behind. You must show up on the first day of classes; if you cannot show up to the first day of classes you must contact us or risk losing your spot. If you plan to miss a week, you should fill out the Class Absence Form.

Contact Information. If you urgently need to contact us on a Sunday during the program, you can call us at 617-253-4882. At all other times or for less urgent queries, please e-mail us at

Medical/Liability Form: Students and parents will need to sign a liability form, which can be found here. Please bring a printed and signed liability form with you on the first day of HSSP. If you have not yet submitted a medical form for HSSP, you will need to do so at student check-in. These forms, which require medical insurance information, will be provided at check-in.

Insurance: All ESP programs require students to have medical insurance valid in the state of Massachusetts. This means that your health insurance will cover health care costs at Massachusetts facilities in the unlikely event that medical care is necessary during HSSP. If you have questions about your particular situation, email There are no exceptions to this policy.

If you do not currently have medical insurance, you can obtain temporary travel insurance, which suffices if it covers medical emergencies.

For more information, check out our medical FAQ.

About HSSP

HSSP runs once a week, either on Saturday (Spring) or Sunday (Summer) for 6-7 weeks. Each day it runs with three to four class periods and a break for lunch. HSSP does not provide food for students. Your child may attend any or all of the class periods. This will not affect the cost of the program.

HSSP has a wide variety of classes that vary from semester to semester. Our teachers are volunteers, so they may or may not teach a particular class again. If you do not like a class, you may switch into any class that has openings, during the first two weeks of the program. After that, we do not allow any class changes or new registrations. In addition, if you are dissatisfied or cannot attend the program, you may obtain a full refund by the third week of HSSP. We do not offer any refunds past the third week.

Last modified on Feb. 03, 2017 at 05:32 p.m.