HMMT has received an increasing number of student registrations over the past several years.
With our capacity limited to approximately 900 students for each tournament, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate everyone who applies to attend HMMT onsite.
Most students participate in teams of 4-6 (November) and 6-8 (February).
In addition, we have space for a limited number of individual competitors, who participate officially in the individual rounds and on unofficial teams (formed on the day of the tournament) in the team rounds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which tournament should I apply for?
Choose the tournament that best suits your ability and experience.
For more information, see
If you are still unsure, you are welcome to contact us at
Can I attend both tournaments?
Due to space concerns, no student may attend both the November and February tournaments in a given academic year.
How many teams can I register?
No organization may send more than three teams to the February competition or five teams to the November competition.
How are the teams selected in the application?
For each tournament, the top 40 teams in the Sweepstakes for each year
are automatically accepted if they re-apply the next year.
Other than that, the selection is simply a lottery,
using numbers generated from random.org.
What can I do if you don't have room for me? I really really want to come to HMMT!
Teams unable to compete on-site are welcome to compete in our unofficial, online competition.
More information about the online tournament can be found
Who can I form a team with?
All members of a team must attend school within 150 miles of each other.
We realize that it is easier to find interested students nearby in some regions than others; please let us know at
if your team has extenuating circumstances.
Who should I form a team with?
It is important that all members of a team find the tournament at which they are competing to be most appropriate for them.
As a result, many students will find it more apt to compete on a regional team, instead of with his or her school team.
If you are looking to compete on a regional team at either tournament but have not yet found enough fellow students to send a full team, we are happy to help connect you with other students nearby; please contact us at
How do I register as an individual?
If you are an affiliated individual, i.e. affiliated to a competing organization, you should register through the coach of that organization.
If you are an unaffiliated individual, register
Both kinds of individuals compete officially in the individual rounds and on unofficial teams (formed day-of with other individuals) in the team and guts rounds.
If I already registered last year, am I all set?
No. You need to re-apply every year that you intend to compete.
Top 40 teams in the Sweepstakes from the previous year will automatically be accepted at the same tournament in the current year.
However, these teams must still fill out applications to be considered.
When do I have to finalize my rosters?
Prior to the registration deadline, you can change your team and individual
applications as much as necessary.
After you have received your acceptances, you will receive a list of
accepted individual applications and the number of approved teams.
You will not be able to reselect which individuals are accepted, but you
can redistribute your team acceptances among your teams.
Team rosters must be filled by the confirmation deadline, and can be
updated online up until 2 weeks before the tournament date.
How much does it cost to attend?
The registration fees are $80 per team and $10 per individual (a team of 8 student pays $80, not $160).
Payment should not be made until we have accepted you or your team to the tournament.
How do I pay?
You may either mail payments to us
or deliver them to us on Friday or Saturday of tournament weekend.
You may pay by cash or check (payable to “Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament”).
If you choose to mail your payment,
we request that it arrives no later than one week before the tournament.
Please remember to indicate which teams or individuals you are paying for.
For the 2019-2020 school year the mailing address is:
Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (c/o Student Activities Office)
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Do teams need to be accompanied by adults?
Each organization must provide one adult to help proctor on the day of the contest — proctors should be available between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Organizations with extenuating circumstances should contact us at