The Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

November 14, 2015 at MIT | February 20, 2016 at Harvard


Founded in 1998, the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) is one of the largest and most prestigious high school competitions in the world. Held at the campuses of Harvard and MIT in November and February every academic year, each tournament draws close to 1000 students from around the globe, including top scorers at national and international olympiads.

HMMT is entirely student-organized, by students at Harvard, MIT, and nearby schools, many of whom are HMMT alumni themselves. For more information, please visit our archives.


Who is eligible to attend?
Both HMMT tournaments are open to high school students from around the world. Most students compete on teams of 4-6 (November) and 6-8 (February).
What’s the difference between the tournaments?
Our tournaments differ most distinctly in difficulty, the February tournament being one of the most difficult math competitions in the world. For more information, see here.
How do I apply?
Applications for both tournaments will be open between September 1 and October 8. Coaches should submit applications for their teams and affiliated individuals, and students may also register to compete as unaffiliated individuals. You can apply here.
When do I find out if I can come?
We will contact you by mid-October if you have been accepted to either tournament. Students requiring earlier notice should contact us at
I want to attend but can't find a team. What should I do?
E-mail us at; we would be happy to help you find students nearby who are also applying for the tournament. In addition, you may apply for either tournament as an individual.
I am not able to attend the tournament onsite. What should I do?
We offer unofficial online tournaments concurrently with the onsite tournaments. See here for more information.
I’m from outside the United States. Can I come?
Yes, you are welcome to apply. International teams and other students requiring special travel accommodations are strongly encouraged to apply before September 20.
I'm a college student at Harvard, MIT, or a nearby school -- how can I get involved?
E-mail us at and we’ll add you to our mailing lists. Whether you’re interested in helping out year-round or just volunteering on the day of, we’ll have plenty of announcements ways you can get involved.


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