Ross Mathematics Program, The Ohio State University

83 776Program ID: Ross-STUDENT [#776]
Program Title: Student
Program Location: Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: none (posted 2018/12/30, updated 2018/12/28)
Program Description:    

We invite you to submit your application to be a student at the Ross Mathematics Program. There are two locations for the Ross Programs, and this single application is for both.

To be considered for acceptance, you must:

  • First, begin the application process by creating a Standard Coversheet and then completing the Ross Program coversheet. Your responses to the application problems and essay prompts will be uploaded later.
  • You will be asked to upload your carefully written solutions to the Application Problems. Solutions to each problem must be uploaded as a separate PDF. The Admissions Committee is not looking for quick answers written in minimal space, but rather a readable mathematical exposition that includes evidence of your explorations, conjectures, and proofs.
  • Also on that page, you will be asked to upload a “personal statement.” That essay serves as your introduction to the Admissions Committee, and provides an opportunity for you to discuss your interest in mathematics and your goals for your participation in the Ross Program.
  • Arrange for a mathematics teacher who knows you well to upload a recommendation letter (“reference letter”) here on Add your teacher's email on your Standard Coversheet; then instructions will be sent to the teacher to submit his/her letter.
  • Upload a scanned copy of your high school transcript.
  • Optionally upload a curriculum vitae or résumé highlighting your accomplishments.

The Admission Committee will start reading applications on March 1, 2019 and will make admission decisions on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is April 1, but spaces will fill as applications arrive. For adequate consideration of your application, it is best to complete your application well before the end of March.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact

Personal Statement

For your Personal Statement, please write a couple of pages discussing the following questions.

What aspect of mathematics draws your interest and attention? Are you interested in math for its own sake? For the thrill of solving puzzling problems. Or because math has many applications in other fields?

What is an interesting mathematical problem you have worked on? Recall a problem that you spent some time thinking about. Carefully state the problem. Describe the work you have done on it.

When you work on hard math problems do you usually work alone? Or with a group of friends? (Reminder: when you work on the Ross Application Problems, please be sure to work by yourself.)

Have you worked on some interesting mathematical projects? If so, what were the topics? For the project you enjoyed the most: How much time did you spend on it? Were you working alone, guided by a mentor, or as part of a team? What benefits do you feel you gained from doing that work?

Have you recently participated in some math competitions? Which ones? Did you do well on them? How do your math contest experiences (both preparing for and participating in contests), compare with math courses you have taken in high school or in other venues?

What have you read recently about mathematics? Which math books are your favorites? What parts of them were most enjoyable or interesting to you? What interesting mathematical websites have you visited in the past year? What aspects of math have you learned by reading the material on those sites?

Are you eager to spend five or six weeks away from home, with no distractions from computers or video games or smart phones, focusing all of your energies on one narrow area of mathematics? Ross students live in a college dormitory, with no access to televisions, computers, or electronic games. Most of their waking hours are spent working on challenging math problems. Does this intensity and focus appeal to you?

What do you plan to major in at college? What are your career goals? Do you feel “driven” toward one type of work? (Like an academic career in math, astronomy, or economics? Or a career in finance? etc.) Or will you take a variety of courses in college and see what areas seem most interesting?

Have you participated in academic programs outside of school? Have you taken math courses outside of the standard high school curriculum? Those courses could have been at a local college, in a residential math program, from an educational website, etc. Have you participated in a local Math Club or a Math Circle at some nearby college? What sorts of activities were involved? Did you enjoy those experiences?

Do you have some strong interests in addition to math? How do you like to spend your time? For instance, are you intensively learning physics? Playing badminton? Investing? Studying literature, Mongolian history, or modern dance?

Reference Letter

When you add your teacher's email address to the Standard Coversheet, will automatically send your teacher an email inviting him/her to submit a reference letter.

The Ross Program does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, ethnic origin, disability, or marital status in its admissions, educational programming, financial aid, employment practices, or other activities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
Ross Mathematics Foundation
1644 Andover Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43212

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