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Undergraduate Admissions


Admission into the Math Major is competitive. Completion of minimum requirements described below does not guarantee admission. Each application is evaluated by a subcommittee of the Undergraduate Program Committee. As a public institution, the UW is dedicated to first-time degree-seeking students. Coupled with high demand for Math degrees among Undergraduates, unfortunately means math degrees are not available for Post-bac students through the UW Seattle.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

TUES, Sept 28  -  Prospective Math Major Q&A (Dawg Daze)
FRI, Oct 1  -  ACMS Prospective Major Q&A (Dawg Daze)
THUR, Oct 28 - Math Information Session

Admission Requirements & Criteria

A minimum 2.0 grade in each of the courses listed below and an overall minimum 2.50 GPA in all mathematics courses.

MATH 124*, MATH 125*, MATH 126
OR
MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136

*Course equivalencies earned with AP / IB exams can be used to meet the course requirements.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Performance in all mathematics courses as measured by GPA ; typically more recent MATH coursework will be weighted heavier
  • Difficulty of math courses completed
  • Frequency of incompletes, withdrawals, and repeated courses
  • Demonstrated interest in mathematics

Applicants can show demonstrated interest in mathematics by consistently taking math courses; ideally one math course per quarter up until the time of application, including the application quarter.  In addition to the criteria listed above, a personal statement about your interest in mathematics will also help us evaluate your application. 

Degrees & Options

We offer two types of degrees: a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, with a total of 4 math options. Applicants will need to indicate which option they would like to be considered for; only one option can be selected per application quarter.

Degree Option Comparisons*

B.A. Philosophy B.A. Teacher Prep B.A. Standard Bachelor of Science
45 MATH credits 49-50 MATH credits 51 MATH credits 69 MATH credits
two 400-level MATH two 400-level MATH three 400-level MATH six 400-level MATH
16-20 credits in PHIL 7 credits in MATH, AMATH or STAT five add'l upper
division MATH
six add'l upper
division MATH

*Refer to the Requirements & Graduation Planning Sheets for option descriptions, specific course requirements and restrictions.

When & How To Apply

Quarter of Enrollment Application Opens Application Deadline Admission Decisions (notified via email)
WINTER SEPTEMBER 1 8am PST SEPTEMBER 15  5pm PST EARLY/MID - OCTOBER
SPRING JANUARY 1 8am PST JANUARY 15   5pm PST EARLY/MID - FEBRUARY

If admitted, you must be enrolled and registered at the UW during your first quarter of enrollment to the major.

Students who plan to take a vacation quarter, that is take a quarter off, need to be mindful of when they apply to the Math Program.  Students who plan to apply in September, must be enrolled at the UW during winter quarter.  Students who plan to apply in January, you must be enroll at the UW during spring quarter. Students who are not enrolled for the quarter following the application decision will forfeit their admissions offer and will need to reapply in a future application cycle.

Math Major Application

  1. Online form
  2. Unofficial UW transcript (PDF attachment)
  3. Personal Statement

SUBMIT ADMISSIONS APPLICATION HERE (Opens on January 1st at 8am)
View this document if you have trouble with the form.

Any transfer coursework needs to be submitted and all grades for prior coursework need to be finalized and posted to your unofficial UW transcript before your application is submitted, in order for it to be reviewed during the application process. We are unable to edit applications once they are submitted.

Personal Statement

All applicants must include a personal statement with their application.  The personal statement should tell us about your interest in the UW Undergraduate Mathematics Program that will help us evaluate your application and get a deeper picture of you beyond your grades. There is also an optional short paragraph. This paragraph is an opportunity for students to explain any extenuating circumstances or experiences that might misrepresent their potential as a math major.

  • We would like to know about your educational and/or career goals, and how you expect to further them by studying mathematics.

  • The Undergraduate Program in Mathematics actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. You may describe how your personal history (family, educational, cultural, and economic background) has influenced your intellectual development, interests, career plans, and goals. This can also include  mathematical experiences outside the classroom or memorable classroom experiences at the UW, in a math course or not.  

  •  You may also use this statement to address elements of your record that might misrepresent your potential as a math major.

  • The statement is approximately half a page in length (typed), and no more than 2,000 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

FAQs

What are my chances of being admitted?

We cannot predict a student's chance of being admitted because there are several factors that affect the admission decision, such as the number of applicants applying and the number of students graduating.

Our advise to students who are applying to a competitive major -- do the best you can, and also apply to your back-up major.  Students will have the opportunity to share any extenuating circumstances that negatively impacted their academic performance in the application.

What does a competitive applicant* look like?

  • Math grades above a 3.0.
  • Successfully completed math courses beyond first-year calculus; such as 208, 224, and 318.
  • Demonstrated interest in the major by consistently enrolling in a math course each academic quarter, including the quarter of application.
  • Good academic performance in most recent MATH courses; period of sustained success in math courses.

*The Math Program cannot assure admission to all competitive applicants.

Can I apply if I have a math grade below a 3.0?

The answer is yes, as long as you have an overall minimum 2.50 GPA in all mathematics courses. If applicable, we suggest that you explain any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic performance in the application.

Should I repeat a math course?

We typically advise students not to repeat a math course. Instead, we recommend that students move onto the next advanced-level course and focus on getting a better grade. Only if a student didn’t understand the majority of the course content, should they consider retaking a MATH course, and we strongly advise students to speak with a math advisor first.  Repeating a UW MATH Course

Can students reapply?

Yes.  Before a student reapplies, we suggest they speak with a Math advisor to discuss what they can possibly do to become a more competitive applicant.

Admission Decisions

ADMISSION DECISIONS FOR FALL 2021 will be sent to UW email accounts no later than Monday, October 4, 2021. If you have not received your decision, check your Spam folder. If you still can't find it, email advising@math.washington.edu. Be sure to include your student number.

If admitted, follow the directions in the email. If admitted and you do not accept the offer by the deadline stated in the email, you will not be admitted to the major and will need to reapply.

All applicants have the right to petition and appeal the department’s admission decision. If you are denied admission to the Math department, there is an appeals procedure if you feel that important facts were overlooked by the committee. You must submit the Math Admission Decision Appeal Form within two weeks of the date of the notification email to the Math Student Services office in Padelford C-36. Only relevant information that was not submitted with your original application will be considered in your case for an appeal. Students who appeal will be notified one week after the appeal deadline.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact the department at 206-543-6830 or the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu.

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