MathExcel Program


MathExcel students work together in small groups

MathExcel students form lasting friendships

MathExcel students work closely with workshop leaders and undergraduate assistants

MathExcel meets at the Math House on UK's Campus

MathExcel holds a pizza party after each test

What is MathExcel?

MathExcel is a special program for University of Kentucky students enrolled in Calculus I (Math 113) and Calculus II (Math 114) designed to give capable students the best chance to excel in Calculus. MathExcel students work together in intensive problem-solving workshops with a workshop leader and two undergraduate assistants for each section of about 25 to 30 students. The MathExcel program is offered for Math 113, Calculus I, in the fall of each academic year, and for Math 114, Calculus II, in the spring of each academic year. We also offer MathExcel for Math 113 in the spring of each academic year.

Why join MathExcel?

MathExcel students make new friends, get more personal attention, get more practice solving problems, and earn better grades--average grades for MathExcel students range from one-half to one letter grade higher than the overall average. Math Excel students learn valuable problem-solving and study skills in our unique group learning environment. Our students go on to succeed in science, engineering, and mathematics majors.

What do MathExcel Students Do?

MathExcel students attend three hours of lectures per week, like other Calculus students, and take the same exams. The difference is that MathExcel students also get six hours per week of problem solving workshops designed to hone Calculus skills and promote success. MathExcel students in the Spring Term 113 section meet once a week for a 90-minute problem solving workshop.

Who is MathExcel for?

MathExcel is open to any student who meets the admissions requirements for Math 113, Calculus I or Math 114, Calculus II. MathExcel is not a remedial program, and it is not an honors program. All students who are willing to work hard, make the extra time commitment to join our problem-solving workshops, and succeed in Calculus are welome! Preference will be given to first-year students who may register for MathExcel during their summer advising conferences. 

How can I enroll?

Entering students who want to enroll for the fall apply during Merit Weekend or at the Summer Advising Conference prior to the fall term. If you are already on campus, you should contact the director of the MathExcel program by phone or e-mail to get permission to enroll in MathExcel during your normal registration window.

Students who wish to apply for MathExcel for MA 113 or MA 114 in the Spring may fill out our online application to obtain permission to enroll in MathExcel. Please contact the director to obtain more information. 

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