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Young Scholars Program

SCU Young Scholars Program in Mathematics

In an effort to encourage talented high school students to continue their mathematical studies beyond what might be offered at their own schools, the Department provides an opportunity for them to enroll in mathematics classes at Santa Clara. In addition to obtaining college credit in mathematics courses, high school students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to experience academic life in a university setting.


To be eligible for the program, students must have completed all of the advanced mathematics courses offered at their high schools with high marks. Admitted students must also be enrolled at their high school while taking classes at Santa Clara. Typically, applicants will be juniors or seniors who have completed AP Calculus, but other exceptional students will also be considered. Please contact the program coordinator if you have questions about eligibility.


The fee for Young Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year is $1172 per 4-unit course plus a one-time $40 application fee. (In cases of financial hardship, applicants can make a special appeal for financial aid to the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University.) Any textbook or course material fees must also be covered by the student.

Application Procedure
  • Print and fill out the Young Scholars application form
  • Provide a copy of your high school transcripts and College Board scores - either SAT or PSAT,
  • Please ask one of your high school mathematics teachers to write a brief letter discussing your suitability for the program. You can refer them to this page for Program details.

Applicant materials should be sent to: Richard Scott, c/o The Young Scholars Program, Arts & Sciences, Ramos Center, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0365. Recommendation letters can be sent to that same address or by e-mail to:


Applications are due by: August 15 for the fall quarter, December 1 for the winter quarter, March 1 for the spring quarter. Once admitted to the program students need not reapply for subsequent quarters.

Courses Available

A course or courses from the following list will be appropriate for most students in the program, but there are other options for more advanced students. Decisions about which courses to take will be made on an individual basis once candidates are admitted.

  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (Math 13)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV (Math 14)
  • Differential Equations (Math 22)
  • Discrete Mathematics (Math 51)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (Math 52)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 53)
  • Problem Solving Seminar (Math 190)

For class times or other course options, please contact the program coordinator. Enrollment is subject to availability of seats.

Further Information

For additional questions about the program, please contact Richard Scott at (408) 554-4460 or send e-mail to: