MIT PRIMES: How to Apply


This page provides instructions for applying to MIT PRIMES, a research program for students living within driving distance from Boston. To apply to PRIMES-USA, a nationwide research program for students living outside Greater Boston, see How to Apply to PRIMES-USA page. To apply to PRIMES Circle, a math enrichment program for local students from urban public high schools, see How to Apply to PRIMES Circle page. For more information about MIT PRIMES, see MIT PRIMES program details page.

The admissions for the 2014 cycle have been completed. The admissions for the 2015 cycle will be conducted in the fall of 2014.

To participate in MIT 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

The details of the application procedure and the PRIMES 2015 problem sets will be posted on this website in September 2014.

The deadline for applications will be December 1, 2014.
Admission decisions will be made by January 1, 2015.

Female students, minorities, and students from underprivileged groups are strongly encouraged to apply. PRIMES makes a special effort to reach out to schools in disadvantaged areas. Sophomores and juniors from public high schools of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are eligible for PRIMES Circle program. U.S. high school juniors living beyond Greater Boston are eligible for PRIMES-USA program.

*12th graders are allowed to apply. Even though Phase IV of the Program would overlap with their first semester in college, they would be encouraged to stay in touch with their mentor and to bring their work to publication.


With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director Dr. Slava Gerovitch at