Admissions

Stanford Math Circle is intended as a local enrichment program. Applications become available at the beginning of each Fall quarter. Please note that these sessions are in high demand and we cannot accommodate all students.
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Stanford Math Circle

Our ten-week courses run throughout the academic year and offer local students in grades 1–12 the chance to enrich their STEM education.
Dates & Tuition
We offer sessions in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter. Each quarter, Stanford Math Circle tuition is $350.
Enthusiastic Peers
Students learn in a community of peers; therefore, they must be in the grade level to which they apply.
Application Deadlines
The application opens two months ahead of the Fall Quarter session. We recommend joining our mailing list to get an announcement of when the application opens. After the Fall Quarter application closes, all new applications received will be placed on the waitlist for possible openings in Winter and Spring Quarters.
Apply Once Each School Year
Students admitted in the Fall quarter have the option to continue with Math Circle in the Winter and Spring Quarters for that school year. If seats become available in the Winter or Spring quarter, we will contact waitlisted students for admission.

Admissions Process

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This program is intended as an exposure and enrichment opportunity for local youth with an interest in math. Because of this, our students are accepted via a lottery system. If you have been waitlisted for Math Circle in the past and have not participated before, you will be given priority in the lottery.

Application Currently Closed

Our application for Stanford Math Circle is currently closed. Please join our mailing list to learn about future opportunities.

Financial Aid Available

Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family.

Admissions Questions

I do not live in the Stanford area, but I want to participate. Can I Skype in?

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No. This program is based on the Stanford campus and is intended as outreach to the local community. Because of this, we do not allow remote participation.

How can I be notified about the application opening?

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We will post the links above to our online applications as they become available. When we are not accepting applications, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the application will be available for next quarter.

What are other resources for students interested in mathematics?

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Other Stanford Opportunities

For other opportunities at Stanford, refer to the Stanford Mathematics Department

  • Stanford High School Summer Session gives high school students an opportunity to enroll as a Stanford student during the summer quarter and earn college credit. Courses include: Introduction to Scientific Computing, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Calculus of Several Variables

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Other Bay Area Math Circles

Enrichment Programs in Mathematics

  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics—For mathematically talented high school students.
  • Euclid Lab
  • MathPath—Advanced Summer Camp for students ages 11–14 who show great promise in and a love for mathematics.
  • AwesomeMath Summer Program—A three-week intensive summer camp for mathematically gifted students from around the globe.
  • Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp—The Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) is an intensive multi-summer program for outstanding high school students who are excited about mathematics. The goal of the program is to develop talented youth of all backgrounds by providing challenging courses in a unique learning environment.