About Competitive Programming
What is Competitive Programming?
Competitive programming is an activity where participants compete to solve algorithmic problems within a fixed time frame ranging from 2-8 hours.
Critical Problem Solving
- Competitive programming teaches participants to solve problems using critical thinking and modern computational techniques, important skills to address complex problems in the 21st century.
- Many interviews for technology companies like Google require applicants to solve algorithmic problems to demonstrate capability. If you're familiar with competitive programming, these problems will be easy!
- Getting into USACO Gold, Platinum, and especially Camp provides a significant boost to your college application.
- Get to know other highly talented students who are interested in competitive programming, as they might be your coworkers someday! Making connections is always useful!
Monta Vista has a lot of clubs that focus on computer-related subjects. But none of the other clubs emphasize competitive programming, nor do they have a track record like us. Here are some of our club’s achievements in the past three years:
- Over 20 members have been promoted into the USACO’s highest division, the Platinum Division.
- Members have made four first-time USACO Finalist appearances (top 26 in the nation!), two second-time USACO Finalist appearances (top 13 in the nation!), and one third-time USACO Finalist appearance!
- In local competitions like Stanford ProCo and Harker Programming Invitational, MVCPC members appear all over the leaderboards.