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The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering’s Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity launched the Mathematics Achievement Program (MAP) in October of 2022 to address and improve the mathematical deficiencies that often prevent students in under-resourced schools from succeeding in advanced high school math classes. The goals of MAP are:

  • Students will improve their math skills
  • Students will be confident in their mathematical abilities 
  • Students will understand the importance of improving their mathematical knowledge and how it will impact their overall performance in all college-ready subjects
  • Students will have opportunities to create hands-on projects through math modeling
  • Students will improve their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Students achieve an improved STEM identity and believe they can be future engineers and computer scientists.
Two MAP Students focused and working on a robot project at the Open House in 2022

Students building a robot at the MAP Open House on April 1, 2022

MAP Sponsors

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Students will be recruited for the program in the eighth grade. Students accepted into the program will be asked to commit to the program for four years. Below is the framework for how the program will be implemented


Math Classes

  • 9th grade – Geometry (will consider students currently enrolled in Algebra 1)
  • 10th grade – Algebra II
  • 11th grade – Pre-Calculus
  • 12th grade – College application preparation
Two other MAP Students focused and working on a robot project at the Open House

Students building a robot at the MAP Open House on April 1, 2022

Program Structure
  • Morning – Mathematics instruction to address knowledge gaps and build core competency
  • Afternoon – Enrichment activities will be added to reinforce concepts and connect theory with application in order to ignite career interest in engineering and computing. This will include but not be limited to:
    • Hands-on workshops
    • Group projects
    • Tours of UCLA engineering research labs
    • Guest speakers (faculty/students/alumni)
    • Field trips to aerospace, energy and technology companies

MAP Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply to the program.

  1. Students currently enrolled in the eighth grade
  2. Passed their seventh grade math class with a B or better
  3. Completing Algebra 1 by June 2024. 
  4. Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
Map Student building a Bridge out of DOTS and toothpicks as a project at the MAP Open House 2022.

Students building a bridge out of DOTS and toothpicks at the MAP Open House

MAP Recruitment and Application Timeline

January – March 2024: MAP online info sessions

November  2023 – April  2024: MAP application period 

February – April 2024 (Saturday mornings): Online MDTP math assessment

                     – Math topics by class:

                     – Note: Students will be assigned to a specific test based on the class they are currently enrolled in

April 2024: MAP Open House (for interested students and their parents)

May  2024 : MAP admission notification

September 2024: MAP orientation

October 2024- May 2025: MAP cycle 3

If you are interested in participating in the Mathematics Achievement Program at UCLA, complete the interest form linked below 

MAP Interest Form:

If you have any questions about the Mathematics Achievement Program, email