For Students

Quick Facts for Students

"The close environment of people with a shared passion fosters truly brilliant collaboration, and the structure of each problem set weaves deep thinking and creativity into each day." Twyla Colburn, Student 2021 and 2022

Group of participantsPROMYS is a six-week summer program in mathematics for strongly motivated high school students who are carefully selected from across the U.S. and around the world. Founded in 1989, PROMYS is a residential program held on the campus of Boston University with approximately 80 high school students and 25 undergraduate counselors.

Key Dates

PROMYS 2024: June 30 – August 10, 2024
Application Available: Early January 2024
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 11:59 EST
Admissions Decisions: by April 30, 2024

Cost and Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student at the boardPROMYS believes that cost should not be a barrier to participation. The program is FREE for domestic students whose families make under $80,000 per year. Please see the Financial Aid & Scholarships page to learn about full and partial need-based financial aid (including room and board), scholarships, fellowships, and other awards. Financial aid for international students is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cost: $6,100 for the six-week residential program, if not eligible for financial aid. [The actual per-student cost to PROMYS of over $8,500 is subsidized for all students thanks to donors and sponsors.]


At the boardStudents must satisfy ALL the following criteria by the first day of the program:

  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Have completed 9th grade (or its equivalent)
  • Not yet enrolled as a full-time college or university student

Application Process

Four components of the application must be submitted by the deadline:

  1. solutions to a challenging problem set
  2. letter of recommendation
  3. high school transcript
  4. application form which includes short answers

PROMYS is particularly interested in increasing diversity in mathematics and in science and technology opportunities more broadly. We strongly encourage students to apply who are female, Black, Latino/a or from other groups underrepresented in STEM.