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Harvard Summer Program Recommendations Come at Hefty Cost

As a junior in high school, Anne Marie Urban spent seven weeks at a summer program at Harvard University, and received recommendations from professors there that she’s sure helped her get into the University of Chicago.

The lure of Harvard endorsements comes with a hefty price tag: $10,490 for the program, and it’s much the same at other elite colleges, where summer courses for high school students have become a lucrative business.