Fast Facts about Mathcamp

  • Year founded: 1993
  • Annual enrollment: 115 - 120 students
  • Student to Staff Ratio: 4:1
  • Dates and Location: Mathcamp is held on a different college campus each year and lasts for five weeks. This summer, Mathcamp will be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA from July 2 to August 6, 2017.
  • Topics: Material at camp ranges from beginning to the most advanced available to high school students. Some classes discuss topics in theoretical mathematics, such as Abstract Algebra, Topology, or Real Analysis (and if you don't know what these are, come to camp and find out!) – or even more unusual topics, like Model Theory or Spectral Graph Theory. There are also classes on applied mathematics, such as Physics, Quantum Computation, or Linguistics.
  • Scheduling: You choose what classes to go to and how much mathematics you want to do each day. Multiple classes are offered simultaneously on different topics and at varying difficulty levels.
  • Projects: Students often work on projects, individually or in groups, under faculty supervision. Projects can range from directed reading projects, to working out a problem in detail, to addressing an open research question. You can write code, built a robot, crochet a nonorientable surface – even prepare and teach a class! Projects are presented at the end of camp in a project fair.
  • Instructors: Classes are taught by college faculty and graduate students from top universities across the country. Our teachers have deep and broad mathematical backgrounds and are here to share their passion for mathematics. You'll eat meals with your instructors, play sports or board games or go on field trips with them, and live in the same dorms. We create an environment where it's easy to ask about math, and also to get to know your teachers on a level that's not just about math.