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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

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.

We plan to run PROMYS in person in 2022.  We do not have plans for a hybrid program at this time.

The health and well-being of our participants is the highest priority at PROMYS, and both PROMYS and Boston University take COVID safety seriously. All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to comply with COVID-19 protocols while at Boston University. More details on these requirements will be provided to accepted students.

Student at chalkboardKey Dates

PROMYS 2022: July 3 – August 13, 2022
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022 at 11:59 EDT
Admissions Decisions: mid-May 2022


$5,500 for the six-week residential program in 2022. [The actual per-student cost to PROMYS of over $7,500 is subsidized for all students thanks to donors and sponsors.]

Financial Aid & Scholarships

PROMYS believes that cost should not be a barrier to participation. 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. The program is FREE for domestic students whose families make under $60,000 per year. Financial aid for international students is considered on a case-by-case basis. Students in India can apply for a Mehta Fellowship, and students in China can apply for a Yongren Fellowship; both cover the full cost of participation.


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 studentApplication 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.