Students compete in Microsoft Puzzle Challenge

Students to compete against teams from 27 other universities

Student teams from RIT will join 27 other universities in the Microsoft College Puzzle Challenge April 14.

Twenty student teams from Rochester Institute of Technology will test their puzzle-solving skills April 14 in a race against North America’s top universities—all in hopes of winning prizes and claiming the top spot.

The annual Microsoft College Puzzle Challenge will pit RIT students against more than a thousand representatives from 27 other prestigious universities, including Northeastern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan and Harvey Mudd College.

RIT’s competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday in Institute Hall, room 1140, on the RIT campus.

The teams of four students each have 10 hours to solve a packet of puzzles that might include anything from crosswords and logic problems to word play and cryptograms. Points are awarded for each puzzle solved and ties are decided in favor of the faster team.

While this competition is geared toward students in computing and mathematics-related fields, it is open to any undergraduate or graduate students attending one of the participating universities. In the past, prizes have included computers and Xbox gear.

Registration for the RIT location is still open to teams. For more information and to register, go to

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