Penn State's Largest Coding Competition

March 25, 2017 | IST Building

The competition has ended. See you next year!

What is CodePSU?

CodePSU is a coding competition, open to students of all majors and skill levels, that is based on the ACM's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Students, in groups of at most 3 people, are challenged to both find and code solutions to ten algorithmic problems in a time span of four hours. While prizes are awarded to the top performing teams, our focus is to give all competitors a glimpse into the computer science world. For those interested in internships and full-time job opportunties in computer science, we will have many sponsors at CodePSU actively recruiting.

Come join us for free food, sponsor swag, challenging problems, and awesome prizes!


Time Event
10:00am - 12:30pm Nibbles & Bytes Breakfast
10:00am - 12:30pm Registration/Check-In
1:00pm - 1:50pm Introduction and Sponsor Speeches
2:00pm - 6:00pm Competition
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm - 8:00pm Award Ceremony

Competition Rules and Regulations

  • Teams are created based on skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Beginner: Not taken any CS courses
  • Intermediate: Taken 200-level and below CS courses
  • Advanced: Taken 300-level and up CS courses
  • Please note that CMPSC 360 and CMPSC 200 will not count as a qualifier for Advanced and Intermediate Tiers respectively.
  • Teams may consist of 1-3 people of any skill level. A team's skill level will determined by the highest skill level of a member in the team.
  • You may choose to compete up but may not compete down a tier.
  • Graduate students may compete for fun, but will not be eligible for prizes


Place Advanced Tier Intermediate Tier Beginner Tier
First $480 $300 $150
Second $390 $210 $120
Third $330 $150 $90
Fourth $210 $120 --
Fifth $150 $90 --

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