Math Department Information for Incoming First Year Students



For any questions about the Calculus courses, email calculus@math.harvard.edu

Scroll down this page for information about the following:

1. How to make sense of your Math placement score
2. First year Math courses at Harvard
3. Should I take Math 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 55, or AM22?
4. Information about the Emerging Scholars Program
5. Resources for AP Math review
6. Links to Harvard Math events and community

HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF YOUR PLACEMENT SCORE
This link takes you to a video that explains how you should interpret the score on your Harvard Math Placement Test and how your recommended placement was determined.

FIRST YEAR MATH COURSES AT HARVARD
This PDF document has almost all the information that a person at Harvard needs with regards to courses for the start of the first semester. It describes the basic courses, how to distinguish them, how to sign up for them and who to contact for further advice. For even more about Math courses, see the Undergraduate Courses and Concentration Information web page.

SHOULD I TAKE MATH 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 55 OR AM 22?
If your Math Placement Recommendation says one of Math 18a—55a or AM 22a, and you are confused as to which to take after reading this PDF document, then please attend the Zoom question/answer session to be scheduled for mid-August. Information will be sent out shortly (and see this webpage in August).

THE EMERGING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Here is a Link to the Emerging Scholars Program that supports STEM-interested students that are enrolled in introductory calculus.

MATH PRACTICE AND REVIEW
If your AP MATH class ended early this spring and you didn’t learn what would have been taught in an ordinary year, see see this PDF for links to tutorials, practice and review of the AP material. See this other website for warm-up exercises and review for Harvard’s Math 1a and Math 1b. Also, Math 23a teaching staff will offer a condensed, advanced mini-course in August on AP analysis topics for students whose placement recommendation allows Math 23a; people interested should see the website https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/67617 or contact bamberg@tiac.net

MATH EVENTS AND COMMUNITY
Below are links to Harvard Undergraduate Math Organizations, Math Events Calendar and the monthly Math Memo
Harvard Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics: harvardgiim.org
Harvard Undergraduate Math Association: harvardhuma.org
Harvard Mathematics Department Undergraduate Events Overview
Math Table and Open Neighborhood Seminar
Undergraduate Directed Reading Program
Harvard Math Night