Academic Triathlon is a "creative thinking skills competition that teaches and rewards the creative and diveregent thought process, general intellect, cooperative brainstorming, leadership and a flare for the dramatic," as described by USAT. Students participate in five person teams and are rewarded for their team-work, good sportmanship and postivie risk-taking decisions.

Each Academic Triathlon Meet consists of three parts (100 points each):
1. P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box: consists of an open-ended problem
that leads each team to a performance challenge and
2. Mind Sprints: three short term (10 minutes) problems that
challenge teams verbally, spatially and logically.
3. Face-off: oral and verbal questions based on concrete
factual recall and deductive reasoning.