Competitive Programming Overview

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The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. We have shifted some of our programs to virtual for Summer 2021 and will continue to monitor and follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. Potential cancellations, student capacities, locations, and other details may change as information surrounding the current pandemic continues to unfold. We will update our websites as new information becomes available and appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time.

The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. SI is following university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. After consulting with UCF senior leadership, UCF Health, and the UCF Office of Compliance & Ethics we will not offer youth activities involving overnight stays. Therefore, SI will not be offering any residential (in-person) youth programs this summer. 

Competitive Programming Summer Institute for Summer 2021 will be held VIRTUALLY.

The Summer Institute is an intensive two-week program for gifted and high-achieving students who have a background in Computer Science with an interest in algorithms and programming competitions. The program offers lectures on data structures and algorithms commonly seen in competitions, several practice competitions, problem reviews of those competitions, and personalized coaching from coaches and members of UCF’s acclaimed Programming Team. The camp is specifically designed to help students improve their performance in contests such as USACO, TopCoder, CodeForces, and eventually the ACM ICPC.

Although the camp is academically focused on programming competitions, the program will also include a few virtual social activities and an online kick-off event on Sunday, July 11th. One of the most important benefits to the participants is the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers who share similar interests and talents, and to make lifelong friendships.

Program Dates: Sunday to Friday, July 11 – 23, 2021

Program Cost: $1250

Who can apply? Applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at the time of application and be a minimum of age 15 by the start of the institute.

When can I apply? Applications open in March 2021

For additional information, please view the Competitive Programming FAQs.