Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures are very simple for students: we meet each camper individually at the airport, train station, or bus station and bring them to camp, and then we return them to their point of departure at the end of camp. Below are the details about traveling to and from Mathcamp 2017.

Planning Your Travel

Enter your full travel itinerary on our online registration page (here) by June 1. If you are driving, please provide an approximate arrival/departure time.

Travel Dates: All students are expected to arrive at Mathcamp on July 2 and depart on August 6. If you must arrive or depart on a different day and have not yet discussed it with us, please let us know right away! We especially discourage students from leaving early: the last few days of Mathcamp are full of activities, day and night, and we guarantee that you will be very sad to miss them.

Arrival: Any time of day is fine for arrival. If you have a choice, the best time is probably in the afternoon, leaving some time to get settled in before dinner. Our first official meal will be dinner on Sunday at 5:30pm, and there will be some optional activities afterwards.

Departure: Any time of day on August 6 is OK for departure, though morning is usually best. (Very early is fine, since the night before is an official camp "all-nighter".) The last official meal is lunch on Sunday at noon (although most students do leave before lunch).

Where to Travel: The airport for Mathcamp 2017 is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seatac, WA. The closest train and bus stations to Mathcamp are in Tacoma, WA.

Students coming from outside the US: Be sure to bring your passport (with US visa, if required) and the invitation letter signed by the executive director, showing that you have qualified for Mathcamp 2017. (You will receive the formal invitation letter via email in June.)

Travelers under 15: Most airlines offer an "unaccompanied minor" (UM) service for children flying alone. Since we will meet each student at the airport and escort him or her to the University of Puget Sound, Mathcamp does not recommend this service. However, some airlines require it for passengers under 15. The policies and cost (usually $25 - $125 each way) vary by airline; for more detailed information, visit your airline's webpage or see this summary.

Arriving By Plane, Bus or Train

All students traveling on their own will be met by the Mathcamp welcome party immediately upon arrival. Members of the welcome party will be wearing Mathcamp T-shirts. Look for a white placard reading "Mathcamp" in blue letters.

Students arriving by bus or train should look for the welcome party inside the station. Students arriving by plane will be met at the baggage claim for their flight. Students on international flights will need to go through customs first, and will be met outside the customs area. Only students flying as "unaccompanied minors" will be met at the gate. (We do not recommend this option, unless required by the airline.)

If you miss your flight or bus, or if there is a change in your itinerary, please contact the Mathcamp office immediately! You can reach us toll-free from any payphone at (888) 371-4159.

In the unlikely event that you miss seeing the welcome party immediately, do not leave the airport or station! Just call the Mathcamp office, and we will relay your call to the welcome party. If you have a cell phone, keep it turned on. Also, listen carefully to all announcements made in the terminal: we may try to page you. Do not panic: since we know your airline and flight number, we won't miss you. We will be waiting for you even if your flight is delayed or arrives late at night.

All Canadian and US students will be asked to call home as soon as they are met by the welcome party. International students can send email home immediately upon arrival at Mathcamp or place a brief call home at the camp's expense.

Arriving By Car

Directions to the the University of Puget Sound campus can be found here. A campus map is available here. Our dorm is Schiff and Harrington, and the registration desk (where you should go when you first arrive) will be in the lobby of Schiff and Harrington (34 and 16 on the campus map). Parking at UPS is free and plentiful on Sundays; you do not need a permit to park in the lot next to Schiff and Harrington.

Don't forget:

  • Enter your full travel itinerary on our online registration page by June 1, 2017. (Online registration is here.) If there are any last-minute changes, please update the registration page and also email us to let us know.
  • Carry a photo ID and the Mathcamp office phone number (toll free: 888-371-4159) with you when you travel.
  • If you're from outside the US or if your medical insurance does not cover you in Washington: you must purchase travel medical insurance before you leave. Step-by-step instructions for buying online are available here.

Please call or email us if you have any further questions about arrivals and departures.

See you in Tacoma!