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Dates and Deadlines for Alumni Returning to Mathcamp 2020

In light of COVID-19, the dates and deadlines for this summer are much more flexible than usual. What is most important for alums is to stay in regular contact with the Mathcamp office about your plans. We are be issuing periodic email updates throughout the spring to all eligible alums and their families as we lay the groundwork for an unusual summer.

The 2020 Calendar

There is no commitment step or counting step this year, because there is no alum cap: all eligible alums are invited to participate in Virtual Mathcamp.

Registration is open until May 31.

Financial Aid

We are committed to providing as much financial aid as needed so that all alumni eligible to return are able to participate. If you have applied for financial aid, we have your paperwork; stay tuned for aid packages later in April. If your situation has changed since your financial aid application, or if you did not apply for scholarship funding during the sign-up season but circumstances have now shifted for your family, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to work with you now. Given the global health crisis, we want money to be the least of your concerns! Our priority is having a safe summer, and supporting our amazing students through the mathematics and community-building that are our cornerstones.

Similarly, if your family is in a position to assist others financially: we are expecting increased need for financial aid this year. Please contact us if you are interested in donating to the 2020 Scholarship Fund.


There's lots of information about Virtual Mathcamp in the Current Program section of the website. Look for periodic email updates from Marisa and Kevin througout the spring, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questons.

If you are curious about how registration works in a typical summer at camp, read on.

The Typical Process: How it usually works

Step 1: Express interest.

Sign-ups are open January 10 – March 31.

During this window, you can log into and fill out a very short form indicating that you might be interested in returning to camp this summer.

Important note: If you would like to apply for Financial Aid for Mathcamp 2020, please complete the financial aid application by May 15th. We will make decisions right away (within the following week) so that you can use that information in Step 2.

Step 2: Commitment.

Commitment is open is April 1 – April 9.

During this window, you press one of these buttons (at, or with the links in the email we'll send you):

  • Yes, I definitely want to come!
  • No, I'm definitely making other plans.
  • Maybe. My summer plans are TBA: I'm interested in returning, but I might also make other plans.

Step 3: Counting.

On April 10th, we do the headcount for the summer. If N ≤ 55, then we terminate this algorithm and open up registration for everybody who claimed their spot. If N ≥ 56, we move on to Step 4.

Step 4: If need be, we ask some alums to take the summer off.

Also on April 10th: if too many alums definitely want to come to camp, we will (systematically and uniformly) ask some alums to take a summer off. We'll ask the members of Group 1, and if need be, Group 2, to take the summer off. (It's theoretically possible we could get to Group 3, but unlikely.) At this point, we'll alert everyone to their status, and those with confirmed spots can begin the registration process. (See the policy for definitions of Groups 1, 2, 3, 4.)


Registration begins on or shortly after April 10th, and the registration deadline is usually Friday, May 15th.

If we do end up turning away alums in your group, you can request that we make an exception for you. You may submit this request (by emailing us) in the week following April 10th, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible; if we are able to make the exception, then your spot will be confirmed and you'll be invited to register.