The {MathILy, MathILy-Er} application process

Students apply to be a part of {MathILy, MathILy-Er}, not to the individual programs. The two programs admit students with different degrees of mathematical prowess, with MathILy-Er intended to prepare particularly promising students for MathILy and other very selective residential summer mathematics programs. The MathILy and MathILy-Er curricula are distinct so that a student can benefit from participation in both programs over multiple summers. If an applicant is admitted, placement in a given program is determined by academic suitability only.

Here's how to apply to {MathILy, MathILy-Er}:

(1) Fill out the Short Form---it's below, on this page.

(2) Wiggle your toes.
(3) Receive, and complete (in a 4-hour time block), and return to us, the Exam Assessing Readiness ear.
(4) Ignore the order of these instructions.

(5) Fill out the Not-as-short Form. (<-- Those words are a link to the form.)

(6) Giggle, laugh, or smile (your choice).

(7) Make sure that your recommender got the request that was generated by your Not-as-short Form submission.


a Week of Chaos class

The instructor is not shown in this picture. Students are collaborating as she listens to their work.


Branch class

Just another day of everyone working everywhere...

Timing: We have rolling admissions starting in the Spring. You should be prepared to spend about 4 hours on the ear, to show what you can do during a {MathILy, MathILy-Er} class; please return it within a few weeks of receiving it. Once your application is complete (though that does include getting recommender comments sent), we will give you a decision in a week or so.

Deadlines: Applications received before April 30, 2024 will receive full consideration. After that point, applications will be considered only if you ask nicely and if we have any space left.
If you're admitted, half of the fee must be paid in order to reserve your spot; the full fee (minus any aid you are awarded) is due by May 30th, 2024.
Note: We are no longer considering new applications for summer 2024. All Short Forms received will be ignored (if you send them in June or July) or will be considered for {MathILy, MathILy-Er} 2025 (starting in August).

Other details:

Short form:

In order to keep track of our applications, we need a little bit of information to start a file on you.

Your full name:

A working email address (that you check semi-regularly):

Year in school:

Most recent math course taken:

Parent/Guardian name (so we recognize it if we are contacted by hir!):

Parent/Guardian email address (in case there is an issue with your email):


students co-present on SnISs

(SnISs stands for "Snuper-Important Snarfus")


activity during Daily Gather

Everyone works in groups during Emi's Daily Gather on narwhals.


thinking multidimensionally

More hands help make more axes.

MathILy, MathILy-Er, and MathILy-EST are projects of the nonprofit organization Mathematical Staircase, Inc..