• Welcome to the US Geography Olympiad!

    The US Geography Olympiad is the official qualifying competition for US students for the International Geography Olympiad. (aka iGEO).

    The United States Geography Olympiad was founded in the summer of 2012 as a new, nationwide competition to test the geography skills of American students and to help foster geography education throughout the United States. The competition aims to reward students who have devoted themselves to studying their world, and its countries and peoples, as a thorough knowledge of geography is essential to being an educated citizen today.

    Aside from fostering an appreciation of knowledge of our world, the United States Geography Olympiad is also the official qualifying competition for the International Geography Olympiad, and by competing in it, students in the Varsity Division (i.e. born before July 1, 1999) will have a chance to become members of the American team to attend the iGEO. The 2015 iGEO will be held from August 11-17 in the Tver Oblast and Moscow in Russia; the members of Team USA will be selected at the National Championships of the United States Geography Olympiad on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Arlington, VA. Read more about us...

Qualifying Exam Locations
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The above map shows a listing of all sites where the USGC Qualifying Exam is administered. Without exception, all dots correspond to a Regional or State tournament for The National History Bee and Bowl. The Exam is always given during the lunch break of the tournaments; click on a dot to see when you must arrive if you are not also competing in the History Bee and/or Bowl. Also, note that you may take the Exam up to 3 times, as long as it is a different version. A different version will be administered at tournaments listed as "A Set", "B Set", and "C Set" - click on a tournament to see what Set will be used there.

News & Announcements

So far in the 2014-15 academic year, the National Qualifying Exam of the US Geography Olympiad has been administered at 15 sites around the USA with many more to follow in the weeks to come. The highest score to date has been a 96 from Abhinav Kurada of the Advanced  [ Read More ]

The United States Geography Olympiad is getting ready for its third year of geography knowledge competitions throughout the USA! Following fresh on the heals of Team USA’s fantastic performance at the 2014 International Geography Olympiad in Poland, we’re getting set for our biggest and best year yet. This year will  [ Read More ]

The US Geography Olympiad is delighted to see James Mullen, the 2014 International Geography Olympiad champion, get the recognition he deserves. Here’s an article from the San Jose Mercury News (James is from nearby Cupertino, CA) on his victory, while the local ABC News affiliate also picked up the story  [ Read More ]

(Krakow, Poland – August 18, 2014) A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES MULLEN OF MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL (Cupertino, CA) – WORLD CHAMPION AT THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD!!! 144 of the best geography students from around the world convened in Krakow this past week for a week of competition in  [ Read More ]

The 2014 USGO Nationals exam and its answer key have been posted on our Past and Sample Questions page.

Click here to take our survey on the 2014 Nationals

The 2014 US Geography Olympiad National Championships took place on Friday, April 25 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, and after the multiple choice exam and quiz bowl portions had finished… our champions were the exact same as last year’s in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions!  [ Read More ]

Welcome to the 2014 United States Geography Olympiad National Championships! Click through on the USGO logo on the left if you are looking at the homepage to access the draws. Please note: your Round 1 room is the same room as your Exam room! Please by in or outside your  [ Read More ]

The United States Geography Olympiad is looking forward to its second National Championships on Friday, April 25 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. We have decided to extend the registration deadline one final time until Tuesday, April 15, at 11:59pm EDT. Thereafter, no further registrations will be accepted.  [ Read More ]

We’re less than a month away from the US Geography Olympiad’s second annual National Championships on Friday, April 25! We have now posted the files containing all National Championships qualifiers arranged by school (so you can easily check and see who qualified) and who qualified off of each version of  [ Read More ]