Ross Mathematics Program

Ohio State University

  • $4000

  • June 21 2020

  • April 1 2020

  • Yes


Think deeply of simple things. The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those six weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery. Dr. Arnold Ross founded this multi-level program at Notre Dame University in 1957. Its growth was then spurred by the launch of the Sputnik satellite and the subsequent surge of interest in science education. Arnold Ross_Сйs Program has run every summer since then, moving to Ohio State in 1964. It is currently sponsored by the University. The central goal of the Ross Program has always been to instruct bright young students in the art of mathematical thinking and to inspire them to discover for themselves that abstract ideas are valuable and important. First year participants take the basic course in number theory. For most students, this is the first time they are asked to consider entirely new questions, to develop methods that they have not seen before, and to justify every answer. The value of a mathematics education lies not only in obtaining proficiency in computational tasks, but also in building a foundation for critical thinking. Students who have never asked why things work the way they do are not prepared to lead the way to future scientific innovation. It is precisely this independence of thought and questioning attitude that the Ross Program strives to nurture. Ambitious pre-college students with interests in mathematics and science are invited to apply. First-year students range in age from 15 to 18 years old. (In rare cases, younger or older students are accepted.) л_Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including: the applicant_Сйs work on some challenging math problems; essays concerning the applicant_Сйs interests and goals; teacher recommendations; and school transcripts. Undergraduate math majors are invited to apply to beл_a Ross Counselor. NOTE. The Ross Program cannot accommodate students who must arrive in Columbus more than two days after the start of classes. Unfortunately, this policy eliminates applications from students whose high school scheduleл_prevents them from arriving by Tuesday evening. Fees for this program are determined the cost of six weeks of room and board and by various instructional costs. The Program_Сйs fee for 2016 will beл_$4000. Some financial aid is available. A copy of our program brochure can be downloaded hereл_[pdf] Every year, the Ross Program application isл_posted by mid-January.л_A rolling admissions process will begin on March 1, with a final application deadline of April 1. Spaces do fill up quickly, so it_Сйs best to apply early. The Ross Program is supported in several ways. Partners in this mathematical enterprise include: Several other excellent summer mathematics programs are listed on the AMS mathcamps webpage. Two of them, PROMYS at Boston University, and the Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University, are very close in spirit to the Ross Program since they are run by Ross alumni. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. You can also email us at or telephone our office at 614-292-5101 during regular business hours.

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Application Deadline

April 1 2020


Columbus, Ohio


June 21 2020

Financial AID


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Last Updated on

February 25 2020

Opportunity Types

Summer Program

Important Dates

Start Date

June 21 2020

End Date

July 31 2020

Deadline Date

April 1 2020


No multiple sessions

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