The ACM Programming Contest is a coding competition that emphasizes
problem solving executed in code. Students, faculty, and staff from all
majors and colleges are welcome. The problems are ICPC style coding
questions which are similar to questions asked by recruiters during
The competition lasts 5 hours, and teams are limited to 3 members. The top teams from each division receive prizes, which have previously included things like Google Home Minis, Amazon Echoes, Raspberry Pi's, Chromecasts, and ACM chapter t-shirts.
The contest is a series of challenging coding questions
that require critical thinking and coding know-how.
Each question has a prompt consisting of flavor text and a description of the challenge. You'll get the some constraints on the input, as well as some sample input and corresponding output. From there, your team will need to work together to write code that will produce the correct output for any input we could throw at you.
Responses are scored on how quickly you solved the problem relative to the contest with points deducted for each incorrect submission.
As our contest has grown almost ten-fold over the past five years, we want to allow less experienced participants to still be competitive.
If you are currently enrolled in COP3014/COP3363(Intro to C++) or COP3330 (Object Oriented Programming), you qualify to register for the Lower Division. The Lower Division will have easier questions better suited for less experienced programmers. The Upper Division will cater to the highest levels of technincal talent; participants include undergraduate seniors, Ph.D students, and even department faculty.
Everyone is welcome! Students, teachers, staff from both high-schools and colleges are welcome, as well as those not in those categories.
Absolutely nothing. Admission is free!
A laptop and your charger for sure. We totally recommend some pens or pencils to jot down your thoughts as you work to solve the questions.
Teams consist of up to three people. You can work together on a single computer. This is the registration site!
You can register as a preformed team, or join one after registering alone. Visit the team page after you log in to see more.