Concordia hosting annual Tri-College Math Contest

Concordia College is hosting the 41st annual Tri-College Math Contest for area schools Thursday, March 7. The contest, hosted alternately between Concordia, North Dakota State University, and Minnesota State University Moorhead, tests the mathematical competency of middle school and high school students. 

About 800 students from schools across North Dakota and Minnesota are scheduled to take part. Students will compete individually and with teams in small school and large school divisions. There are three classifications: middle school for grades 6-8, lower high for grades 9 and 10, and senior high for grades 11 and 12.

The top four teams and top 10 individuals in each level and division will receive plaques recognizing their achievement. Scholarships will also be awarded to the top finishers. An awards ceremony in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, will follow the exams at each level.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Senior High School Level (Gr. 11-12)

9:30-10:15 a.m.          Individual Exam (45 minutes)
10:25-10:45 a.m.        Team Exam (20 minutes)
10:45-11:30 a.m.        Lunch
11:30 a.m.-noon         Award Ceremony (Centrum)

  • Lower High School Level (Gr. 9-10)

10:15-11 a.m.             Individual Exam (45 minutes)
11:10-11:30 a.m.        Team Exam (20 minutes)
11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-12:45 p.m.        Award Ceremony (Centrum)

  • Middle School Level (Gr. 6-8)

11 a.m.-noon              Lunch
12:15-1 p.m.               Individual Exam (45 minutes)
1:10-1:30 p.m.             Team Exam (20 minutes)
2-2:30 p.m.                 Award Ceremony (Centrum)

NDSU has written the questions for this year. In 2023, NDSU hosted the event, and MSUM wrote the questions. In 2025, MSUM will host with Concordia writing the questions.

Due to COVID, this is the first time Concordia has hosted since 2018. The event had been cancelled for three years before restarting in 2023.


For more information:
Dr. Douglas Anderson, mathematics chair

Candace Harmon, media relations