PROMYS is a program for pre-college students; there are participants from across the United States and also international students.

PROMYS 2021 will be run as an online program. After a successful online PROMYS Bridge program in summer 2020, we are confident that we can offer an intensive learning experience for new and returning students. PROMYS 2021 will be as close to the in-person program as possible, with intense mathematical activity throughout the day and social activities to build community.

To be eligible, students must, by the first day of the program, have completed at least 9th grade (or its equivalent) and be at least 14 years old. (Unfortunately, there is no flexibility on these requirements). Students can attend during the summer between high school and college (or during a gap year). Students who already attend university are not eligible to apply to be students, though they may be eligible to apply for a counselor position. 

PROMYS is particularly interested in increasing diversity in mathematics and in science and technology opportunities more broadly. PROMYS strongly encourages students to apply who are female, African American, Hispanic or from other groups underrepresented in STEM.

Admissions decisions will be based on the following criteria: an applicant’s solutions to a set of challenging problems, teacher recommendation, high school transcript, and responses regarding interest in the program. Please give yourself plenty of time to work on the problems and to write up your solutions. Many applicants give themselves weeks to think about the problems. 

Students from China should read below to see if they are eligible to apply for a Yongren Fellowship (which is a full scholarship).

Applicants will be emailed with their admissions decision by May 15.

If you have any questions or encounter persistent difficulties uploading your problem set solutions, transcript, or supporting financial documents, please contact us at

Applying to be a First-Year Student in 2021

  • Students who applied in 2020 should choose one of the two options under 1) 2020.
  • Students who did not apply in 2020 should follow the regular application instructions under 2) 2021.
  • The two groups will be considered equally for admissions.
  • Please note that the application deadline for one of the 2020 options is February 1. The regular application deadline is March 15.

1) 2020 – For Applicants Reapplying from 2020

Because of the exceptional circumstances at the time of last year’s applications, students who are reapplying this year may choose between two application options:

Option A: If you would like to reuse your 2020 application problem set solutions and the same transcript and teacher recommendation as last year, then you must submit your application (the online form and short answers only) by February 1. PROMYS will combine your new application with your previously submitted problem set, recommendation letter, and transcript.

Option B: If you would like to submit a NEW application, then you must complete the application form, application problem set solutions for 2021, teacher recommendation letter, and transcript by the March 15 deadline.

Please note that both choices will be weighted equally in the decision process. No exceptions to these two options will be made, so please plan accordingly. If you choose Option A, you will not be able to make any changes whatsoever to your 2020 solutions, teacher recommendation, or transcript.

2) 2021 – For New Applicants in 2021

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on March 15. (Please note the February 1 deadline for option 1) A above.)  

Required Components for First-Year Student Application:


1) Problem Set Solutions. The application problems can be downloaded HERE

Please upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use dark ink and wide margins so a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since it is very unlikely we will be able to read these. If your PDF file is larger than 10 MB, you may need to use PDF compression software.

2) School Transcript (or report card). Please upload your transcript with your online application. This can be an unofficial copy provided to you by your school. We are not able to process transcripts which are labeled "Secured" at the top or show the symbol of a lock. If your transcript is in this encrypted format, please send us a scan or screen shot as a PDF. (Homeschooled students should please upload a description of courses and studies undertaken.)

3) Online Application: You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions and school transcript with your application.


Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ask one of their mathematics teachers to complete this form.

4) Teacher Recommendation Form: Please ask one of your mathematics teachers (or a mathematics coach, professor, or mentor) to complete the form. PROMYS will not be sending a request to your teacher. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted in a timely manner. It can be submitted at any time before the deadline of March 15 regardless of when the application itself is submitted.


5) Financial Aid Application: To be considered for financial aid, please have a parent or guardian complete the financial aid form by the deadline of March 15. The form will ask for the upload of a supporting financial document.

[Please note that parents and guardians of Yongren Fellowship applicants should submit the Yongren Fellowship Financial Form not this Financial Aid Application. Please see the Yongren Fellowship information below.]

Yongren (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS for eligible students in China 

Students from China are invited to apply for a Yongren (永仁) Fellowship if they would be unable to attend PROMYS without financial assistance. Yongren Fellowships provide a full scholarship to PROMYS covering tuition, books and technical support. When PROMYS runs in person, the Fellowship also covers  room and board) plus visa fees and round-trip travel from China.

For more details, visit the Yongren Fellowships page HERE.


PROMYS Europe for Students in Europe

Pre-university students who are 16 or older and ordinarily resident in Europe are eligible to apply to PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford in England. Students may apply to either PROMYS or to PROMYS Europe but not both for the same summer. PROMYS Europe Connect 2021 will be run as an online program.

Please click HERE to visit the PROMYS Europe site.   


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