University of Minnesota's Talented Youth in Mathematics Program in Rochester
UMTYMP (pronounced "umm-tee-ump") is an accelerated mathematics option for students who are highly gifted in mathematics.
The experience students will have in the program is unique: class sizes are small, the scope of the curriculum allows students to cultivate both a rich depth and breadth of mathematics, the length of the program is shorter than comparable programs and successful students will be granted honors-level college credit for the courses taken in UMTYMP in the last three years of the program. This program is a branch of the larger UMTYMP program conducted on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus by the Math Center for Educational Programs. For more detailed information on the program, visit the Math Center for Educational Program's website on UMTYMP.
Students in the program will meet once per week on the University of Minnesota Rochester campus for two hours in the late afternoon/evening for class led by exceptional teachers. During the class period, students will be guided through mathematics by the teacher as well as the students' peers through active participation. After class ends, students will be expected to complete a variety of online and paper-based homework, which together total an average of about nine hours time, for the next week. There are also several support structures available for students who need assistance with the subject matter. While enrolled in UMTYMP, students should not be enrolled in a math course at their home school, but instead, be given a free period in which to work on their UMTYMP homework.
Why should students participate in UMTYMP?
The short answer is because they love mathematics! Students in the program will encounter challenging problems each week and will be asked to work diligently to solve them. The program has two components: high school level and college level. In the high school level, students will complete the traditional four-year high school mathematics sequence in two years (Algebra I and II in Year 1; Geometry and Math Analysis/Precalculus in Year 2). During the college level, students may enroll in Calculus 1 through Calculus 3 and even take an Advanced Topics class (equivalent to an upper-level undergraduate mathematics course) in their final year of the program.
Who can participate?
Only students who are admitted into the program may participate in UMTYMP. Students are typically admitted into the program at one of two times. The most common entry point is at the high school level. To enter at this point, students who are currently in grades 5-7 must submit an application and test for admission in early Spring preceding the year they wish to enter the program. A second entry point is at the calculus level, which is open to students who are currently in grades 7-9. The application process for the second entry point mirrors the first. For more information about applying as well as application forms for the Rochester site, please visit the UMTYMP Admission page. If a student wishes to join UMTYMP outside of these two common entry points, please contact Jered Bright (see below) to discuss the situation further.
UMTYMP Rochester is actively recruiting and admitting into both the high school and college (Calculus) level for the start of Academic Year 2023-24. If your student wishes to apply into the Calculus Level or join UMTYMP at a different place in the sequence, please contact the UMTYMP Liaison Jered Bright.
To be admitted into the UMTYMP program, prospective students must complete an application and take an entrance exam. NOTE: A minimum threshold is required for the Algebra I class to run in the Fall. If this is not reached, the admitted students will begin Algebra I one year after they are admitted.
Application for UMTYMP Rochester ALGEBRA I/II Admission for Fall 2024 is now available below! Please follow the instructions in the application for submission. You will need to submit a payment of $75 by credit card to complete the processing of the application. All parts of the application are used in the admission process. Applications are due the Tuesday before the Entrance Exam.
The entrance exam is meant to test a student's ability to reason mathematically in a variety of ways without advanced preparation. For this reason, we do not suggest specific prior study other than what mathematical knowledge the student already possesses. Nevertheless, the Algebra entrance exam is slightly different from other exams. When a family signs their student up for a test, they will get access to exam preparation materials through an online course on Canvas, the University of Minnesota's Learning Management System. It is strongly recommended that all students use these resources before taking the exam.
Students who are selected for the program will receive communication from the MathCEP office within one month. If the student is not selected, they can test a total of two times each year and may reapply next year.
Please consider attending a Town Hall where Prof. Jered Bright, UMTYMP Rochester Liaison and Instructor will share information about UMTYMP, the entrance exam and answer questions you might have.
Important Dates and Links:
Town Hall: February 3, 2024 9:30 - 11 a.m. Online. No registration needed. Session will be recorded; inquire for link
Algebra Entrance Exam 1: February 17, 2024, in-person at University Square at various times in the morning; registration needed.
Algebra Entrance Exam 2: April 20, 2024, in-person at University Square at various times in the morning; registration needed.
Calculus 1 Entrance Exam: May 14, 2023, in-person at University Square from 4:15 - 5:55 p.m.; email Prof. Jered Bright for more information and registration.