Competitive Programming

Weekly Practices

The Penn State Competitive Programming Team is a new initiative from the ACM designed to prepare students for competitive programming competitions like ICPC and CodePSU, while also helping them develop their algorithmic problem-solving skills for technical job interviews. The team practices every Tuesday in the Fall (August – December), for 2 hours, where we work on solving problems in a collaborative, but still competitive environment so students can help themselves and others improve. The travel team members must attend every practice, and are eligible to attend the ICPC competition with the ACM, while anyone else is welcome to attend any practices they would like.

When: 6-8pm every Tuesday
Where: W375 Westgate


The International Collegiate Programming Contest is held every spring semester in Youngstown, Ohio. Students that have attended and shown the most progress in our Tuesday practices will be selected to be a part of our traveling team to compete in the contest. Other schools that attend this competition include (but are not limited to) Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Oberlin College. 

Here are some of our best team rankings from the past years in the Youngstown, Ohio site:
Fall 2019 – 4th & 5th place
Spring 2018 – 2nd place
Spring 2017 – 7th place
Spring 2016 – 5th place

For more information about the ICPC, click here to be directed to the 2019 Official Website.