Advanced Summer Program for students age 11-14
who show high promise and love mathematics



How to Apply for 2017 - Students who attended or were admitted before

In all past years most alumni who reapplied (and students who were admitted before but chose not to attend) were readmitted, but no one is readmitted automatically. Admissions each year depends on the pool, which generally gets larger and stronger each year. However, alumni are a "known quantity", which generally is an advantage. Unless so many alumni reapply that we want to cap the number, we expect to admit most alumni applicants again. Typically between 20 and 25 alumni return and we would not consider capping the number until we got at least 30 completed alumni applications.

The financial aid situation is different for alumni. See below.

The procedure for 2017 depends on whether you have already been to MathPath twice.

If you have been to MathPath exactly once: You need to submit the online application and the QT (Qualifying Test). You do not need new recommendations. If you had behavioral issues at MathPath (senior staff had to talk to you or your parents about your behavior) we may put restrictions on your re-admission. Once you submit your online application we will let you know if there are restrictions.

Why make you do another QT? First, because we use it in the writing plenaries, everybody needs to be familiar with the 2017 QT. Second, we want to see what you have learned about writing and proving from your first stay at MathPath. We will compare your work on the new QT with your previous QT work, and in your case we will be more interested in the improvement than in the absolute quality. Third, we want to be sure you really want to come back to MathPath and for the right reasons. If you're willing to do another long hard QT, that suggests you really do.

If you were admitted before but didn't attend: The general procedure is the same as if you had atended once, but with some of you we've made special arrangements already.

If you have attended MathPath twice already: Before you do anything else write to Prof Maurer / Mr. M at smaurer1@swarthmore.edu and explain why you think an additional year will be useful for you and beneficial for the camp. Why do you think there will be enough appropriate courses for you that you haven't taken already? Are you prepared to take a leadership role in classes or in extracurriculars that you haven't taken before? Or perhaps you have in mind other ways to give back to MathPath.

If you convince Mr M that a third year will indeed be really beneficial, then all you need to do is fill out the online questionnaire and you will be admitted (if you had behavioral issues in your 2nd year there may be restrictions). You do not need to submit the new QT. Of course you should still do it before camp starts so that you will gain value from the writing plenaries.

Finances. The prepayment reduction for the 2017 camp will be: a 0.5% reduction for each full month that the full payment is made before May 31. Full payment can be made immediately after admission, but not sooner. You can get almost all your money back if you pay early and then have to cancel; see early payment for details. Thus if your child is readmitted before winter, it is probably advantageous to pay the full early-pay amount, even if you are not entirely sure he or she will attend.

The financial aid policy for returning students will be as follows:

  • Students who have attended MathPath once are eligible for aid, but not as much as new students. Generally, if a new student would be asked to pay $x, then a 2nd year student with the same financial situation will be asked to pay the larger of 300+x and 1.25x. Furthermore, if financial aid funds are getting tight, financial aid decisions for 2nd year students may simply be deferred until we know if we have enough to fund all new students who qualify for aid. Or the formula for aid to 2nd year students may be changed to provide less to each student.

  • Students who have already attended MathPath twice are not eligible for any financial aid.


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