Welcome to the ACMS Admitted Student Preview (ASP) Session. Due to the current COVID-19 environment, we've moved our in-person presentation into this online format. Please review the information below about the ACMS program and join us for an ASP drop-in advising session if you have additional questions. Information about the sessions is found at the bottom of this page.
ACMS is a multidisciplinary BS degree program offered jointly by Applied Math, Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics.
The program focuses on a common core set of courses across all four of those areas then has specific degree tracks. This allows students to dive deep into a particular field of study such as social and behavioral sciences or mathematical economics. Students get to explore the applications of the foundational work and how these skills can solve problems in research or industry.
The program core is designed to give students a strong foundation and breadth in a variety of STEM-focused subjects.
ACMS is not an applied math degree, even though it is commonly referred to as one. Applied Math is just one of the founding departments and has their own undergraduate degree program.
There are 3 different types of majors at the UW. Open majors are programs you can declare at any time. Minimum requirement degree programs are where you must finish prerequisites before declaring it. Capacity-constrained majors are the third type of degree program and ACMS is a capacity constrained program. For ACMS, students must complete the minimum requirements before applying to the major and then they compete with a pool of other applications for a limited number of spaces. You can learn more about the majors at UW here: http://www.washington.edu/uaa/advising/degree-overview/majors/list-of-undergraduate-majors/
If you are thinking about applying to a capacity constrained major at UW, you would want to focus on completing prerequisites during your first (Freshmen) year. Then you would apply to your major during one of its applications cycles after you've completed those prerequisites. For ACMS, our admissions process currently uses your UW transcript and a personal statement.
If you are not admitted during an application cycle, we encourage students to speak with an adviser to see how they can make a future application more competitive, if they wish to reapply, and also to evaluate alternative major options. The alternative major options should include majors that are both minimum requirements and open majors since you will need to declare a major by your third (Junior) year.
Admissions for ACMS looks at strong academic performance at the UW. A very common question we get from admitted freshmen is, "What are my chances of getting in?" For us, this is an impossible question to answer. Since our admissions committee looks at your UW coursework and you don't have UW coursework yet, we don't have a lot of information to use for advice. You were admitted to UW because you're a strong and capable student and we hope that you will continue your academic success at UW. As you complete more classes at UW each quarter, you can always check in with an adviser to discuss admisisons to capacity constrained majors and course planning for the next quarter.
We don't accept resumes during the application process, so we're not going to count how many extra-curricular activities you've been doing. Instead, we want to know about something you've done that was meaningful to you since you started your time at the UW and why. You will convey this in your personal statement.
We also look for your communication skills through well written essays.
The minimum admission prerequisites for ACMS requires Calculus I, II and III and one additional Math course. You'll also need to complete two quarters of computer programming (Java), CSE 142/143. Applications are accepted twice a year, once during Autumn Quarter and once during Spring Quarter.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of ACMS, the number of available seats in this program is limited, so we can only admit about 25% of the students that apply each cycle.
Now we know that you might be trying to weigh your options for where to attend college next year. We have a few factors we want to point out that might help in that decision-making process:
- UW is a large, state university. Our most successful students are extremely proactive, are not hesitant to ask for help and thrive within the hustle and bussle of a busy campus. So you should ask yourself, does your academic background and motivation equip you to excel academically? Can you do this at the UW while balancing extracurricular activities? Are you excited to ask for help and utilize a variety of resources?
- Are you open to exploring majors outside of Math, ACMS or other related fields? Our humanities and liberal arts degrees may surprise you with how much quantitative and computing related coursework and research is available. Even if you major in a non-STEM degree, you can take a large number of STEM-related coursework to complement your degree program. There also minor options, extracurriculars, hackathons, research and internships that can you can pursue to gain a STEM background with a liberal arts degree. So it is critical that you ask yourself, would you be happy being a UW student regardless of your major?
- Finally, you may have offers at other institutions with direct admission into your top choice major. You should carefully think about how that program compares to coming to the UW as a pre-major.
- If you decide to go somewhere else, don't forget that you can consider doing a summer research opportunity at the UW, pursue an internship in industry in Seattle or consider the UW for graduate studies.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT RESOURCES
- Math Placement Assessment: sites.math.washington.edu/~gsp/
- WA CC Transfer Equivalency Guide: admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/equivalency-guide/
- AP / IB / A-Level Credit: admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/exams-for-credit/
If you still have questions, please join us at one of the designated Admitted Student Preview Day drop-in advising sessions (https://washington.zoom.us/j/94068622654) on these days and times, April 13, 15, and 19, 2021, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm (PST) or email us after April 19 at email@example.com.