Admission Application Essay Instructions

For the Student

Please write a few paragraphs to let us know more about you. Please be sure to put your name on the first line of the essay.
Include the following elements:

  1. What you like about math.
  2. A particular math problem you found interesting or an experience using math that you enjoyed.
  3. Your understanding of what a Math Circle is.
  4. What kind of experiences you expect from participating in our math circle.

Please write your essay using a text editor and then upload the file using the “Choose file” button in the application form. An essay that includes all these elements should fit in one to three pages (total).

Answers for essay elements #1 and #2 essay should be written by the student without help from parents or friends.

For the Parent

For elements #3 and #4 we ask for the student to write their answer and for a parent to provide their own separate answer.
You can find information about math circles using a web search, or by reading this Link to The FAQ on our website also has some info. We ask that you and your student write elements #3 and #4 in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the program we offer.

NOTE about element #2: If you describe a particular math problem, it should be one that you know how to solve. Examples from math contest websites, or books on math puzzles or math contests are good sources for problems. You don’t need to go into great detail, but explain the problem clearly and why you found it interesting. If you describe an experience where you used math, please be specific about what mathematical ideas or principles were important and what you enjoyed about the experience.

The United Math Circles Foundation is the official umbrella organization for the San Jose Math Circle. The United Math Circles Foundation is a non-profit organization