Math Academy

2020 Dates

Program dates: July 5-31, 2020
Welcome orientation: July 5, 2020
Closing ceremony: July 31, 2020

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Application deadline: March 6, 2020

About the Math Academy

outline of WA stateThe College of Engineering Math Academy helps students develop the math and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in engineering and exposes students to a variety of examples of engineering in practice.

Open to high-achieving high school junior (11th grade) students from Washington state, the Math Academy especially targets underrepresented minorities in engineering including African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander and female students.

Math Academy students participate in a four-week, full-day intensive program in the summer at the UW Seattle campus. Students engage in coursework created by UW math faculty designed to develop the skills necessary to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering.

Students also have enrichment opportunities to explore the range of career opportunities available to engineers through lab tours, research projects, site visits and professional development events.

Math Academy will be not be providing housing in summer 2020. For further questions, refer to the Parent FAQs.

As you can see from the sample schedule, each week is packed with learning, activities, meals and also some down-time in the dorm.

Parents: Learn more about expectations for student behavior and supervision at Math Academy in Parent FAQs.

Teachers and staff: Download the Math Academy flyer to share.

Math Academy in the news

Dave Prince and student: what works is work t-shirt "UW Math Academy out to broaden engineering's appeal"
The Seattle Times' Jerry Large writes about Math Academy students and advisers and efforts to close the gap between high school and college math.
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Who can attend Math Academy?

The Math Academy accepts current Washington state juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will complete pre-calculus by the end of their junior year. While the program is open to all Washington juniors, including home-schooled students, we do target underrepresented minority students and women for program participation.

Math skills assessment

All students must take a proctored math assessment. Please remember that the skills assessment is just one element of the application and will be reviewed holistically with all other required materials.

On-campus math skills assessments

Students are encouraged to take the test at one of the four testing sites. 2020 testing dates are March 7 (UW Seattle and UW Othello Commons), March 14 (UW Tacoma), March 21 (UW Bothell and Othello Commons).

Scientific calculators are allowed during the test. Students may bring their own or use one provided. Graphing calculators are NOT allowed during the test. 

Off-campus math skills assessments

Students who are unable to travel to one of the test sites for the assessment are required to find a teacher or school administrator to proctor the test.  

What are the costs for the Math Academy?

The Math Academy program is free, thanks to the generous contributions of our corporate and individual donors.

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Application deadline: March 7, 2020

Math Academy slide show

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Math Academy TAs take teaching to the white boards.