Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dick Forrester




Every first-year student at Dickinson College is required to take a first-year seminar. The summer before the students arrive they each select six seminars among all the seminar choices. Each student is then assigned to a seminar from their list, if possible. Currently, this process is performed manually, which is tedious and time consuming. This research is concerned with utilizing mathematical techniques to assign first-year students to seminars. Specifically, we develop a technique that not only assigns students to seminars, but also seeks to balance the gender ratio and international student ratio of the students in the classes. In addition, we use simulation to study how the number of seminars each student chooses affects our ability to make an assignment.

Included in

Mathematics Commons