PRIMES: How to Apply
The admissions for the 2013 cycle have been completed. The admissions for the 2014 cycle will be conducted in the fall of 2013.
To participate in PRIMES, you must be a high school student* (or a home schooled student of high school age) living in the Greater Boston area, so that you can come to MIT weekly (late afternoon or evening on a weekday or on weekend) in February-May.
In order to apply, you will need to fill out a questionnaire, ask for one or two letters of recommendation, and submit your solutions of the PRIMES 2014 problem set. The admission decision will be based on the consideration of all components of your application. There is no application fee.
We suggest a list of recommended readings as a preparation for entering PRIMES and as a background for further research. You may find it useful to consult
- PRIMES 2011 problem set and its solutions
- PRIMES 2012 problem set and its solutions
- PRIMES 2013 Math Section Problem Set and PRIMES 2013 Computer Science Section Problem Set (the auxiliary files test1.txt and test2.txt)
The details of the application procedure and the PRIMES 2014 problem set will be posted on this website in September 2013.
The deadline for applications will be December 1, 2013.
Admission decisions will be made by January 1, 2014.
Girls, minorities, and students from underprivileged groups are strongly encouraged to apply. PRIMES makes a special effort to reach out to schools in disadvantaged areas.
*12th graders are allowed to apply. Even though Phase IV of the Program would overlap with their first semester in college, they would still be able to stay in touch with their mentor and to bring their work to publication.