Admissions

SUMaC invites all students who seek to be challenged in mathematics and who would enjoy three weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits to apply.
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SUMaC Admissions

SUMaC is for students who are in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application, and who have an exceptional interest and ability in mathematics.
Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Admissions Notification
By early May 2021

Application Now Closed

Our application for the 2021 Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

Admissions Overview

Students in grades 10 and 11 at the time of application submission are eligible to apply.
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Course Selection

Students will be asked to rank their preference of the two available courses, called Program I and Program II, on the application.
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Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by our admissions team. Each application is evaluated holistically. If offered admission, an applicant is admitted into one course determined to be the best fit, taking into consideration applicant course preferences and overall suitability and preparation for the course.
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Notification of Admissions Decision

Once an application is complete, the applicant will be notified of our admissions decision on the notification date. Decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Selection Process

Admissions is competitive. SUMaC students are selected based on their grades in math courses, their teacher recommendation, their reasons for wanting to come to SUMaC as expressed on the SUMaC application, their performance on standardized math exams and math contests, and their performance on the SUMaC admission exam. The admission exam is a collection of challenging math problems for applicants to work on at home over an extended period before the application deadline. Using the factors described above to determine the best fit, the admissions committee will place each admitted student in either the Program I course or Program II course.

Application Process

1. Start an Application

Create a Stanford University Mathematics Camp application account. The application account should be made with the student applicant's legal name, but a parent email address may be used to receive application communications.

The application is currently closed.

2. Review Application Checklist

In addition to the online application form, a complete application includes: 

  • Academic Records
    • We require unofficial transcripts for each school or academic program you took graded courses at from Fall 2018 through Fall 2020. If you have multiple grade reports from one school, rather than one transcript from that school, please combine that into a single file for upload. Homeschooled applicants should submit a document similar to a transcript with their coursework from the years listed above. Homeschooled students should also submit transcripts from any graded courses they took with a school or program during this period. 
  • Work Sample(s)
    • One sample of student work in mathematics will be required. The work sample must have been completed as a school assignment within the past year and must demonstrate a student’s best effort. If possible, your sample should show graded work and the prompt or directions, but graded work is not required. No work sample older than two years will be accepted.
  • Teacher Recommendation(s)
    • We require one recommendation letter from a math teacher.
  • Optional Video Essay
    • This video essay is an opportunity to share more about yourself. You can consider it a conversation between you and our Admissions Committee, or you may also choose to tell us something you haven't mentioned elsewhere in the application. If you attend a school in which the primary language of instruction is a language other than English, we strongly encourage you to complete the video essay.
  • $65 Application Fee
    • You may submit the $65 application fee online using a credit card. Please see instructions for payment at the end of the Online Application. 

3. Check Your Application Status

Return to the Application Status and Materials Checklist page to make sure all of your application materials have been submitted. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification that prompts you to log in to this page for the decision.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is granted based upon need. Students who wish to be considered for both partial and full scholarships should submit a complete online financial aid application and all required income documentation. Please submit your financial aid application with your program application, no later than the application deadline.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

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At Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, we promote an inclusive learning environment for students from around the world. We believe that fostering a diverse community enriches learning for the next generation of global citizens. We recognize and respect all areas of diversity including, but not limited to: cultures, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, religion, and life experience.

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