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 one section of 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 all other Calculus students, and take the same exams. The difference is that MathExcel students get 4.5 hours per week of problem-solving workshops designed to hone Calculus skills and promote success, whereas regular calculus students get 2.5 hours. MathExcel students in the Spring Term  of 113 meet once a week for a 1.5 hour problem-solving workshop in addition to the 2.5 hours that all calculus students take.

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. 

Admission Requirements for MA 113 and MA 114:

The requirement is one of the following:
Math SAT at least 650 (SAT before 2016 at least 620);
Math ACT at least 27;
UK ALEKS at least 76%;
UK Math Index at least 80;
Grade C or better in MA 109 and MA 112;
Grade C or better in MA 110.

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. Alternatively, you can also fill out the online application  to obtain permission to enroll in MathExcel. 

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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