Resource: University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) (Minneapolis, MN)
Website: University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) (Minneapolis, MN)
Description: UMTYMP provides a challenging alternative for Minnesota’s talented mathematics students in grades 6-12. The highly accelerated courses are specially designed to provide these students with an intense academic experience that will stimulate their mathematical interest and abilities. The program, offered through the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP), is partially supported by an appropriation from the State of Minnesota. Students currently in grades 5-7 are identified and recommended by their schools as eligible for entering UMTYMP at the Algebra level. The University of Minnesota also offers affiliated Summer Enrichment and Saturday Enrichment programs.

Comments: Contributed by: Parent on 2/18/2015
My son is a high school junior, and has attended UMTYMP for the past five years. He also attended the pre-UMTYMP Saturday enrichment program at the U of M since third grade. UMTYMP is extremely challenging and is not for everyone. This program is meant for the cream of the crop of Minnesota math students, and if a student isn't ready for this level of rigor, it won't take very long for that to become apparent. The time commitment is very demanding. If students are willing to do the hard work the rewards are incredible. We are only now seeing the opportunities that are starting to come his way, and it is very exciting. If you are thinking AP or IB classes are the same thing, they are not even close. UMTYMP is the highest level of AP math class you can take, and it continues for five years. In the end UMTYMP has been one of the best decisions we have made for our son's education. The professors and staff are great and work hard to make UMTYMP students successful during and after UMTYMP. By the way, the entrance exam is 50 college level algebra questions to be completed in 20 minutes, plus there is an essay portion as well. The test is usually taken in fifth or sixth grade or potentially as late as seventh. Students must begin the UMTYMP program no later than eighth grade because the length of the program is five years, and UMTYMP must be completed by the time they finish high school.

Contributed by: Parent on 1/30/2013
As a parent of a former UMTYMP "graduate" I would like to say, "thank you!" My son was able to graduate from college in three years vs. 4 or sometimes the more normal 5 year plan. He is now a very successful "member of society" working in the Silicon Valley. Over and over again, he has been told at the ripe old age of 25, that the opportunities he has been afforded have been because of his amazing math background. This happened in large part because of UMTYMP. So, even though as a parent sitting and waiting patiently in the freezing cold for him to finish class, sometimes wondering if this would all be worth it, in the end, the answer is a resounding YES. Thank you, UMTYMP!!

Contributed by: Student on 10/23/2012
I am a Sophomore in high school who is taking the UMTYMP Calc III this year. Like many of the other people said, I was never challenged before and this provided a great opportunity for me. Of course, I believed they have cut back slightly on the heavy workload (in an attempt to keep so many from dropping out) the course is still very rigorous and definitely at college honors level. I am proud to say that I have managed A's throughout, but this was no easy task at all. Yet, it's not like I've given up a social life or goes to be shown that UMTYMP will not over power your life, but it will allow faster working students to work at the pace they are capable of in order to achieve more in a lesser amount of time.

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