The United States Geography Championships was founded in the summer of 2012 as a 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 Championships is the official qualifying competition for the International Geography Olympiad (aka iGeo), and by competing in it, Varsity Division students will have a chance to become members of the American team to attend iGeo. The 2020 iGeo will be held in August 2020 in Istanbul; the members of Team USA will be selected at the Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships of the United States Geography Championships on Friday, April 24, 2020 in Arlington, VA.

The USGC has been open to all primary and secondary students, regardless of age since its founding. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the USGC features six divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, 8th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, and Elementary School. Middle School and Elementary School aged students can also compete in the Junior Varsity Division.

The US Geography Championships is organized by International Academic Competitions, which coordinates tournaments and competitions in a variety of subjects for students in over 30 countries around the world. See our website at for further details. You may also wish to explore another set of competitions we run that you or your children or students can compete in: the International Geography Bee and the IGB World Championships.