Team Info

Is your team new to URC?

Interested in robotics, space exploration, and out-of-this-world challenges? Welcome to the University Rover Challenge!

URC kicks off each September with the release of our rules for the next year. Teams must register by the deadline (late October each year) to be eligible to compete, but should begin work as soon as possible! Other important steps:

Upcoming Important Dates

October 1, 2022: Registration Opens
October 26, 2022: Registration Deadline
December 2, 2022: Preliminary Design Review Deadline
March 3, 2023: System Acceptance Review Deadline
May 31 - June 3, 2023: URC2023 Finals

COVID-19 Policy

All teams and individuals attending the URC2023 Finals should review the COVID-19 page. Although this page was updated for the URC2022 Finals, teams should be prepared for similar precautions to be in place for URC2023.


URC2023 Registration Questions

Is there a registration fee? Yes, there is an initial application fee of $197 (USD), which will be payable online. Teams that are selected to attend the URC2023 Finals following the System Acceptance Review will be required to pay a subsequent event registration fee of $397 (USD).

Are international teams permitted? Yes, with the exception of countries facing certain sanctions with the United States that would prevent URC registration and participation.

When will registration close? Consistent with Section 2.b.i of the rules, teams must register no later than October 26, 2022. There will be no exceptions granted.

Should we start work on our systems before we register? Yes - you should start as soon as possible! Uncertain where to begin? Read our advice page!

Is there a limit to the number of teams that can register for URC2023? No; however there is a competitive down-selection process that is outlined in Section 2.b of the rules. We anticipate that 36 teams will pass the System Acceptance Review and be invited to attend URC2023.

What else do I need to do? If you haven't done so yet, please make sure that you have signed up for the URC-Announce email list.