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 support program for students enrolled in MA 113 (Calculus I) in Fall semesters. It works as follows.

  • Students in MathExcel attend the same lectures as all other students in MA 113.
  • They study the same material, take the same quizzes and exams and do the same homework as all other students in Calculus I.
  • MathExcel students have 230 minutes practice time per week in problem-solving workshops designed to hone Calculus skills and promote success, whereas regular MA 113 students get 150 minutes of recitation time. Each MathExcel workshops is equipped with 3 teaching assistants (one graduate student and two undergraduates) to guide the students, while regular recitations have only one teaching assistant.
  • MathExcel is not a remedial program, and it is not an honors program. Anyone satisfying the following is welcome:
    • meeting the requirements for MA 113 (see below)
    • willing to work hard and make the extra time commitment.
  • MathExcel students receive 6 credit hours for MA 113 (4 with a letter grade and 2 on a pass/fail basis). Regular MA 113 students receive 5 credit hours.
  • Preference for participation will be given to first-year students.

Further information can be found on the hand-out.

How can I enroll?

Due to the virtual edition of the SeeBlueU Orientations in Summer 2020, all applications are handled online. Please fill out the online application  to obtain permission for MathExcel. You will usually receive permission within one day, and this allows you to register for the class. See the online application for the various MathExcel sections and their meeting times. Once you have permission, you can enroll for your preferred section. Make sure to enroll in the same section of MA 113 and MA 193.

For any further questions, please contact the director.

What else to know about 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.

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.

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