ACMS Major Information Q&A Sessions

ADMISSIONS DECISIONS WERE SENT TO UW EMAIL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 29, at approximately 4:30 pm Pacific Time. If you have not received an email, check your SPAM folder. If you still don't see the result, email advising@math.washington.edu. Be sure to include your student number. 

Please review first: https://acms.washington.edu/acms-information-session prior to coming to a Q&A session.  Information sessions are designed for any student who is interested in applying to the major.

Our next ACMS Admissions Q&A sessions will be: TBA

These Q&A sessions are for current UW students only

The ACMS Information Session webpage covers:

  • Admission requirements
  • Personal Statement
  • When and how to apply
  • What courses to register for

Admission into the ACMS program is competitive, effective Autumn Quarter, 2011. Students can apply to the program twice a year, in Autumn and Spring Quarters.  The application opens the first day of the quarter and is due the second Friday at 5pm. The entire application is completed online. Admission decisions are made before registration for the following quarter. Admitted students will be admitted into a specific option and will not be able to change their option unless they reapply. 

To be eligible to apply, students must have the following: A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course taken and a GPA of at least 2.50 is required in the following set of five courses: CSE 143 or CSE 123, MATH 124, 125, 126, one of MATH 207, MATH 208, AMATH 351, or AMATH 352. The sequence MATH 134, 135, 136 may be substituted for MATH 124, 125, 126, 207, and 208.

Take the CSE guided self-placement to determine which of CSE 121, CSE 122 or CSE 123 you should begin with: https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/nonmajor-options/cse12x

No courses may be in progress at the time of application. Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

AP/IB Exams: Course equivalencies earned with AP / IB exams can be used to meet the course requirements.

WA CTC Transfers: If you're transferring from a Washington state community or technical college, use the WA CC Equivalency Guide (https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/equivalency-guide/) to see what CTC courses are transferable and equivalent to UW coursework.

As a public institution, the UW is dedicated to first-time degree-seeking students. Coupled with high demand for ACMS degrees among undergraduates means ACMS degrees are not available for Post-bac students through the UW Seattle.

 

Personal statement:

There are new Personal Statement prompts for the SPRING 2022 admissions cycle.

Each response has a 250 word limit (the application will not accept more than 2,000 characters).

The purpose of the prompts is for the admissions committee to gain insight into your thinking and interest in ACMS.  There are no right or wrong answers.  

Students may find it helpful to utilize one of the UW writing centers as they work on the prompts: 

https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/

http://academicsupport.uw.edu/clue/subjects/writing-center/ 

All ACMS applicants should answer one of these two questions. 

  1. What role do you think computational methods play in modern science? Give specific examples.
  2. Pick a specific mathematical concept from your undergraduate education that you have struggled with and explain how your thinking and understanding of it has evolved over time. 

In addition to above, DSS, DMA and MEQF applicants are required to answer the following additional prompt.

DSS (answer one of the questions below)

  1. “Statistics and Data Science are the same.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer with examples.
  2. Epidemiological and Statistical modeling have played prominent roles in understanding and responding to the global covid-19 pandemic. Give an example of a statistical concept that you became aware of through the pandemic. Explain how that concept influenced decisions made by you or others.

DMA (answer one of the questions below)

  1. Solving a programming problem recursively requires a different style of thinking than solving a problem iteratively.  Discuss your own experience of these two styles of programming.
  2. Pick an algorithm that you particularly enjoyed learning about and describe both the algorithm and why you appreciate it.

MEQF (answer the following question)

  • Mutual fund prospectuses typically include the statement “past performance is no indicator of the future” and yet we often choose investments based on their past performance. How do you resolve the contradiction between these two?

All ACMS applicants have the option to answer the following prompt, but it is not mandatory. 

Either of following prompts may be answered in the optional paragraph section on the application. (Maximum: 1,000 characters, including spaces)​

  • ACMS actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. If you wish to describe such things, as they relate to your interest in ACMS, please do so in this paragraph.

  • You may also use this statement to address elements of your record that might misrepresent your potential as an ACMS major.

 

When and How to Apply

There are two admission pathways for the ACMS Major: Currently Enrolled UW Students and Entering Transfer Students

1. Currently Enrolled UW Students: A portion of each year's class is admitted after matriculating to the UW Seattle.

Quarter of Admission to Major Application Opens Application Deadline Admission Decision Notification
Winter

First day of Autumn Quarter, 8am Pacific Time

2nd Friday of Autumn Quarter, 5pm Pacific Time Late October
Autumn First day of Spring Quarter, 8am Pacific Time 2nd Friday of Spring Quarter, 5pm Pacific Time Mid/Late April

Only current matriculated UW students may apply to the ACMS program using this application. Prospective freshmen need to be admitted and enrolled at the UW before applying to the ACMS Program. 

Prospective Transfer Students should submit an application should not use this application but see the section below.

The Autumn Quarter 2022 ACMS Admissions Application will be available here beginning Wednesday, September 28th at 8am (Pacific).

Click here if you are having trouble accessing the application form.

2. Entering Transfer Students: Transfer applicants must submit a separate departmental application for the same quarter for which they submit an application to the UW Seattle. For more information about the University of Washington Transfer Application, visit https://admit.washington.edu/apply/.

Quarter of Admission to Major Application Opens Application Deadline Admission Decision Notification
Summer/Autumn

December 15

8am Pacific Time

April 5

5pm Pacific Time

Late May - Early June

Transfer students need to have applied to the UW for the same quarter of entry before applying to the ACMS Program.

This application is not for current UW students or prospective Freshmen students.

Transfer Admissions Application, closes April 5, 2022 at 5pm Pacific Time

Click here if you are having trouble accessing the application form.

 

Admissions Decision

Admissions decisions will be sent out via email to your UW email. The date of the email will be posted at the top of the admissions webpage (this webpage). If admitted, please follow the instructions in the email. Non-responses by the deadline indicated in the email are considered a decline of the offer of admissions. 

Applicants who apply to the ACMS Major and are admitted need to be registered and enrolled for the quarter immediately following the application decision (Summer or Autumn). Students who are not enrolled for the quarter following the application decision will forfeit their admissions offer and will need to reapply in a future application cycle.

All applicants have the right to petition and appeal the department’s admission decision.

If you are denied admission to the ACMS department, there is an appeals procedure if you feel that important facts were overlooked by the committee. You must submit the ACMS Admission Decision Appeal Form within two weeks of the date of the notification email. The form should be submitted to the Student Services Office advising@math.washington.edu. Only relevant information that was not submitted with your original application will be considered in your case for an appeal. Students who appeal will be notified one week after the appeal deadline.

To meet with an advisor, please join us for drop-in advising: https://acms.washington.edu/advising-and-applying  We generally have drop-in hours Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 -3:00 pm in Autumn, Winter, and Spring. 

 

How Many We Admit

ACMS admits approximately 50 students each application cycle across all option areas. Because the UW admits more than 400 students per year who wish to study ACMS, admissions is competitive.