U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

Local Section Chemistry Olympiad Competition
The Local Section competition is open to high school students. ACS Local Sections use various methods to choose nominees for the National Exam.

National Chemistry Olympiad Exam
The National Exam involves a 3-part exam administered to more than 1,000 students. The 20 top-scoring students are chosen to attend a study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA).

Study Camp
The 20 top scoring students from the National Exam spend two weeks at the USAFA study camp to undergo rigorous training. Based on their performance four students are chosen to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad.    

2015 USNCO Schedule

  • Oct. 17, 2014–Feb. 28, 2015
    Registration open
  • March 1–31, 2015
    Local Exam
    administered by ACS Local Sections
  • April 6, 2015
    Local Exam answers available
  • April 14–20, 2015
    National Exam
    for Local Section nominees
  • April 27, 2015
    National Exam Part I available
  • June 2–17, 2015
    Study Camp
    at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado
  • June 18, 2015
    2015 US team (Alpha Delta) announced
  • July 20–29, 2015
    47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan