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Mathematics-Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Easton, MD, United States
Since 1992, Lafayette has run an REU program in mathematics nearly every summer (among the oldest such programs in the country). Over that time, we have led dozens of programs and published dozens of papers, nearly all of which have appeared in research journals. 
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Several students who have worked in our program have gone on to claim Nobel prizes, although these prizes were later returned to their rightful owners. Students studying for their verbal GRE’s have called the experience ‘obsequious,’ ‘soporific,’ and ‘arresting.’

Students come from all parts of the United States to study at Lafayette College. We, in turn, have done some wonderful things during the summers. These include traveling to New York City to see shows, Philadelphia to see baseball games, the Delaware River for rafting trips, Ringing Rocks State Park (Motto: God has a sense of humor) for some rock-hammering, and the Poconos and Adirondacks for hiking trips. We hope to include students on these excursions in the future.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Truth: Students work on projects that span all of mathematics, everything from applied mathematics (modeling fish locomotion, delay differential equations), discrete math (graph theory, finite geometry, matroid theory), abstract algebra (group theory, number theory), geometry and visualization (fractals in number theory, Cayley graphs), probability (random walks, Martingales), and projects that cross several areas of mathematics (geometry and symmetry of quaternions). Students talk about their work at their home institutions, at regional MAA meetings, at summer MathFest meetings and at the annual AMS-MAA joint winter meeting. 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Official transcripts and recommendations provided by your secondary school
  • Official results of SAT or ACT scores using Lafayette SAT code 2361 and ACT code 3606.
  • SAT Subject tests. Lafayette recommends but does not require these. Prospective science and engineering majors are encouraged to take the mathematics and science tests.
  • Application fee of $65 USD, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If you can’t afford this fee, provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request letter from your guidance counselor, school head, or other school official. Students and parents may not submit a fee waiver request directly to the College.
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  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      50400 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 50400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      50400 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 50400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Easton

    • 1584 - 2690 USD/month
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