University of Scranton Annual High School Computer Programming Contest


The University of Scranton's (U of S) Annual High School Computer Programming Contest has been held each spring (with one exception) since 1990. It is sponsored by the U of S's ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter and by its Department of Computing Sciences. Historically, most participants have been students attending high schools in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, on several occasions competitors have come from schools more than one hundred miles from Scranton. Each school is represented by up to three teams, each team having up to three students.

The competition lasts four hours, during which each team tries to solve several computer programming problems using any of a number of programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++, Python). The teams are ranked according to the number of problems they solved correctly. Ties are broken according to how much time was needed to solve the problems, including penalty minutes that are assessed for each incorrect "solution" submitted.

Following the contest, an awards banquet is held, with the three highest-ranked teams receiving plaques. Members of the winning team become eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to attend the University.

The 2019 contest is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 29. For more details about the conduct of the 2018 contest, read this. For more information, contact Dr. Bob McCloskey, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computing Sciences.

Registration for this year's contest is closed. Sorry.

Past Contest Problems:

Below are links to descriptions of the problem sets of past contests, by year. The problems described here are, in essence, the same as those assigned at the contests. However, many of the older problems have been rewritten in order to achieve greater uniformity in style. We also sought to clarify the problem statements wherever we perceived that ambiguities might exist.

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2011 (pdf) 2012 (pdf) 2013 (pdf) 2014 (pdf) test data 2015 (pdf) test data
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