SUMaC invites students who seek to be challenged in mathematics beyond high school subject matter, and who would enjoy 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 in mathematics. Students applying to SUMaC should have experience writing and reading mathematical proofs, and strong high school geometry and algebra mastery. Prior study of number theory and familiarity with modular arithmetic are suggested.

We receive many more qualified applicants for this small program than the space we have available. The residential program will serve 40 students and the online program will serve 64 students. Applicants should consider these program sizes when selecting whether they would like to be considered for the residential, online, or both SUMaC offerings.
Application Deadline
Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time
Admissions Notification
Mid-April 2024

Admissions Overview

Students in grades 10 and 11 at the time of application submission are eligible to apply. Participants who will be 18 years or older during the program will not be eligible for SUMaC residential, but are eligible for SUMaC online.
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Course Selection

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

Applications will be reviewed by our admissions team. 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. We receive many more qualified applicants for this small program than the space we have available. The residential program will serve 40 students and the online program will serve 64 students. SUMaC students are selected based on their grades in math courses, their teacher recommendation, their passion for mathematics as demonstrated in their essays and other parts of the application, their prior engagement with math both inside and outside class, and their performance on the SUMaC admission exam. 

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, if the student ranked both. Most applicants accepted to Program II are very familiar with the material covered in Program I, through prior participation in SUMaC or other study.

The admission exam is a collection of challenging proof-based math problems for applicants to work on at home over an extended period before the application deadline. If you are not familiar with the type of problems on the admissions exam, we invite you to consider applying to our Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes math courses: Linear Algebra with Proofs, Number Theory, or Discrete Mathematics. These courses will take place online. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes requires a different application from SUMaC, but you can use the same account to begin and submit your application. The deadline to apply for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes courses is March 29.

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/legal guardian 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 from which you earned grades (such as letter or numerical grades) from Fall 2021 through Fall 2023. 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. 
  • Teacher Recommendation
    We require one online recommendation form from a math teacher.
  • Optional Video Essay
    This video essay is an opportunity to share more about your interest in our program. You can consider it a conversation between you and our Admissions Committee. 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. See instructions for payment at the end of the Online Application. Fee waivers can be provided if qualifications are met. Please contact

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 demonstrated financial need. Students who wish to be considered for both partial and full financial aid awards should submit a complete online financial aid application and all required income documentation. Please submit your financial aid application by the financial aid application deadline, usually one week after the admissions application deadline.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and accessible community. We honor students’ authentic identities, varied perspectives, thoughts and experiences in all of our programs.

I was able to deepen my knowledge of mathematics through class sessions and problem sets, consider post-college opportunities in different math fields through guest lectures, and create memorable connections with fellow students and instructors during student life activities.

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