In-Person Finals in Las Vegas

The Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge 2024 season will culminate in an in-person finals event in Las Vegas. This exciting event will take place from December 2-4 at the HyperX Esports Arena, located in the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, USA. The finals are part of a larger event, The Active Cell Training Camp.

Who Can Participate?

Participation in the finals event is open to all students who are signed up for MECC, enrolled in a degree-granting institution, and are at least 18 years old on the day of the event. On the first day, there will be a Last Chance Qualification Round. For the finals, students can come individually or in groups organized by their schools.

During the season, students and schools have the opportunity to qualify directly for the semi-finals by participating in competitions and earning top spots.

Competition Schedule and Structure:

Day 1: Last Chance Qualification Round

Open to all students!

The Last Chance Qualification Round will follow the standard Excel Esports format. There is no limit on the number of participants. It will be a single, all-vs-all round.

The top 15 players from this round, plus 14 wild cards chosen by MECC, will advance to the individual semi-finals held the next day.

Scores from individual participants will also count towards their school’s team score. The top 3 individual scores from each school will determine the school’s total score. Five teams with the highest total scores will qualify for the next day’s semi-finals.

Day 2: Semi-Finals

Individual Semi-Finals: 64 players compete.

This includes 35 players who qualified during the season and 29 from the Last Chance Qualification round.

Team Semi-Finals: 16 teams compete.

6 teams qualified based on high rankings during the season.

5 teams qualified through school rankings from student participation in challenges.

5 teams qualified from the Last Chance Qualification round.

Teams consist of 3 students from each qualifying school, but the students contributing to team qualifications do not have to be the same ones competing in the finals.

Day 3: Finals

Individual Finals: 12 players compete.

The game lasts 40 minutes with eliminations every 5 minutes until 6 players remain after 30 minutes. The final 10 minutes determine the medalists.

Team Finals: 4 teams compete.

The game lasts 30 minutes with eliminations every 10 minutes until 2 teams remain after 20 minutes. The final 10 minutes determine the team champion.

Additional Activities:

The finals are integrated into The Active Cell, Microsoft Excel and Financial Modeling Training Camp, providing attendees with networking opportunities with industry leaders, access to valuable lectures, and the chance to earn Certificates of Completion to bolster their resumes. Additionally, participants can witness the Microsoft Excel World Championship finals and vie for a spot to compete in the event. Below is the provisional schedule:

December 2 - Day 1 December 3 - Day 2 December 4 - Day 3
8:30 AM–12:30 PM Training Camp
9:00 AM–12:00 PM Training Camp
9:00 AM–1:00 PM Training Camp
12:30–2:00 PM Break
12:00 PM–1:30 PM Break
1:00–3:00 PM Break
2:00–5:00 PM Training Camp
1:30–1:45 PM Last Chance Qualification Round Results
3:00–3:15 PM Excel Championship Finals Opening
5:00–6:00 PM Last Chance Qualification Round
1:45–5:00 PM Training Camp
3:15–10:00 PM Excel Championship Finals
6:15–7:15 PM MEWC Opening Parade
5:00–9:30 PM Excel Championships
10:00–10:30 PM Award Ceremony

Costs and Participation:

The MECC Finals are part of The Active Cell Training Camp, a 3 day Excel and financial modeling event featuring numerous speakers and lectures. While the finals event itself for students participating is free to attend, tickets are required for access to The Active Cell Training Camp and its full range of experiences. Student individual tickets are $799, but early bird discounts are available. You’re responsible for your travel and accommodation expenses in Las Vegas.

There is a chance to win one of 10 scholarships to cover event and travel costs by participating in the Online Qualification rounds on September 28 and October 13. For all details, see the rules.

Schools can take advantage from special group ticket discounts. Contact for more information.

Note: To book hotels in Las Vegas independently, you must be at least 21 years old. The Active Cell attendees can get exclusive room rates.


While participation is key, being rewarded for exceptional performance adds to the excitement. This year, we are thrilled to announce a prize fund of $33,000.
Achievement Award
MECC 2024 Individual Winner
$ 5,000.00
MECC 2024 Individual 2nd Place
$ 3,000.00
MECC 2024 Individual 3rd Place
$ 2,500.00
MECC 2024 Individual Places 4-6
$ 2,000 each
MECC 2024 Individual Places 7-12
$ 1,000 each
MECC 2024 Team Winners (per person)
$ 2,000 each
MECC 2024 Team 2nd Place (per person)
$ 1,000 each
MECC 2024 Team 3rd Place (per person)
$ 500 each