All matriculated CUNY undergraduates are eligible to enter.


Online registration is available here. Registration open until Wednesday, February 22th, 2017

Contest Duration & Deadlines

The contest begins on-line at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 13, 2017 and ends after an in-person exam at 10 AM on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The contest is composed of four rounds. The first and third rounds will take place entirely online; the first will remain open for two weeks, the third for two weeks. The second and final rounds, which are by invitation only will consist of in-person exams.
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4

Contest Submission Process

Answers for Rounds 1 & 3 must be submitted online.

Once logged into his/her account, a student will be able to upload individual answer files for each question in the current round. Only PDF file format will be accepted. If the student chooses to handwrite his/her answers, he/she must digitize their answers and save them as separate .pdf files and upload the files to your student's My Challenge page. Students may resubmit answers as many times as needed but the last submission will always override the previous submission. Each answer file submitted should include their name and Challenge User ID, which was contained in the confirmation email sent at the point of registration. Students are encouraged to use the solution sheet template. Upon successful upload of each answer file, a record of the filename and time of upload will appear on the student's My Challenge page. If there is no record of the uploaded file on the My Challenge page, there was a problem during the upload; students should resubmit their solutions.


Solutions will be graded based upon several factors including mathematical correctness, supporting arguments, and clarity of presentation. Partial credit may be granted. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem solution. A correct answer without support will receive very little, if any, credit. Scratch work or formulas with no explanation should not be submitted. If a computer calculation is important or central to the solution, the algorithm that has programmed or the procedures employed must be described in some detail (in pseudo-code or otherwise). Source code or executables should not be submitted.

The levels of difficulty of the problems in each round varies; some of the questions are very challenging. You don't need to solve all in a given round to do well.

Point Scales

Rounds One through Three will be graded out of twenty points.


A committee of faculty from Mathematics and Computer Science departments across CUNY is responsible for overseeing the scoring. Decisions of the committee are final.


Two of the contest rounds will have awards. One student from each school that participates in the second round will be awarded $100 as long as there are at least three students in that college taking the exam. At least 12 winners in the 4th round will get stipend awards ranging from $250 up to a top prize of $1,000. The math contest is funded by Chancellor James B. Milliken.
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