About the Mathcamp Application Process
We will begin accepting applications on February 15.
- What is the deadline for applications to Mathcamp 2016? Are applications considered on a rolling or equal basis? What if I need an early decision?
Mathcamp will offer two application deadlines in 2016: Early Action (March 15) and Regular Action (April 15). We consider all applications received by April 15 on an equal basis. Learn more about dates and deadlines.
- How and when do you announce your admissions decisions? What about scholarships?
We begin reviewing applications immediately after each submission deadline, and make our first offers of admission shortly thereafer. At the same time, we put candidates on the waitlist and notify students who have not qualified for this year's program. (See dates and deadlines.)
All decisions are announced via email; please be sure that emails from mathcamp.org will be delivered to your inbox (and not to spam). (Need help? See our tutorial on how to whitelist emails.)
After we announce our admissions decisions, we will review scholarship applications from all admitted students.
- I'm on the waitlist. When will I find out?
We invite students to attend Mathcamp off the waitlist one by one, as space becomes available. The waitlist is unordered, and we cannot tell you how high you are on the list: choosing the next student admitted depends on lots of factors, including overall composition of the camp. We will let everybody know no later than June 10. Thank you for your patience!
- What about late applications?
Late applications will be considered only for spots on the waitlist. Due to the large number of applications, we admit very few (if any) late applicants.
- How many problems from the Qualifying Quiz do I need to answer?
Most students who are admitted have given at least partially correct solutions to at least half the problems on the quiz. This does not mean that once you're done with a few problems, you should stop working! Not only is there a danger that some of your solutions may be incorrect, but, more importantly, the Qualifying Quiz is your chance to show us that you are really serious in your desire to explore new mathematics, and are willing to think hard about challenging topics. In general, it is not only your score that matters: what we're looking for in the Quiz is for you to demonstrate that you are passionate and curious about mathematics. The Quiz is our chance to get to know your thought process, communication style, and the approach you take when you meet a challenging math problem. The "how" is at least as important as the "how many."
- I was admitted to Mathcamp in a previous year, but did not attend. Do I have to reapply?
Yes, you do need to reapply. (We will ask in your application whether or not you have applied in the past; further, we suggest that you mention your earlier admission in your personal statement, just to jog our memories.) If your admission was recent (last year), then you may contact us and request to re-use your letters of recommendation from 2015.
- I attended Mathcamp last year, and I want to come back again this year. Do I have to reapply?
Except in unusual circumstances, if you have attended Mathcamp before, you are automatically welcome to return to the camp in future years. See the alumni page for more information.