Challenge

Freshman - Junior*

Join nearly 5,000 other students from 100 colleges and universities, learn more about strategic issues companies all over the world are facing and compete for cash prizes at the local and national levels. In addition to gaining recognition for your critical thinking and communication skills, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with PwC professionals who can provide mentoring for your career pursuits.

*juniors in a 5 year program



Today's dynamic business environment requires analytical thinking, fact-based decision making, and collaborative action. You’ll experience it all first hand in Challenge, our campus case competition.

The Challenge case competition models real-world business scenarios focusing on the strategic issues currently being faced by companies all over the world. It is open to all freshmen and sophomores and does not require detailed knowledge of business concepts or accounting.

Read on for more information about how it works, what it takes to succeed, and to learn whether your school is participating.

Register now.

Look for Challenge
Look for Challenge case competition informational events and materials at your school. Make sure you talk with your local PwC recruiter and learn more about the timing of the competition on your campus and start thinking about your potential teammates.

Build your team
Find your four or five member team.

  • Teams may have no more than one prior national finalist.
  • At least two members of each team must have the intent to apply, applied or are currently enrolled in the Business School.
  • Teams are encouraged to include a member with the intent major/minor in STEM*
*Relevant STEM Majors/Minors include, but are not limited to: Data/Business Analytics, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Technology Management, Management Information Systems and Security

Eligible Participants

  • 1st (Freshman) and 2nd (Sophomore) year students in a 4 year program
  • 1st (Freshman), 2nd (Sophomore) and 3rd (Junior) year students in a 5 year program
  • Juniors in process of applying for a 5th year program

Attend official rally event on campus
At the rally event, you and your teammates will learn a little about yourselves and what it takes to be a high performing team. You will also meet with PwC representatives to receive your official case challenge with instructions and further information about the case competition.

Develop your solution
You and your team will have two weeks to develop your solution and consult with your faculty and PwC mentors for guidance and encouragement along the way. The average time it takes a team to complete the case assignment is 10-15 hours.

PwC launched Challenge in 2002, to increase students' exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting. Since then, the competition has grown substantially, with more than 90 schools involved, almost 40,000 participants, and nearly $3 million in prize money awarded. The case competition continues to have a significant impact on our participants, helping them to better understand the vast career opportunities in public accounting and connecting them with professionals in the industry. The characteristics that winning teams exhibit are critical thinking, presentation skills, teamwork, and time management.

In 2014, a recording setting 1,007 teams from 92 colleges and universities rose to the Challenge, which is comprised of two competitions - Accounting and Tax. Congratulations to our national finalists!


Accounting

Tax

2014 National Winning Team

University of Washington

2014 National finalists

Gonzaga University (video contest winner)
University of Illinois
University of Oklahoma
University of Utah
University of Washington

2013 National Winning Team

University of Arizona

2013 National finalists

University of Arizona
University of Illinois (video contest winner)
University of Washington
Villanova University
Wake Forest University

2012 National Winning Team

University of Washington

2012 National finalists

Southern Methodist University
University of Arizona
Ole Miss
University of Washington
Villanova University

2011 National Winning Team

Providence College

2011 National finalists

Providence College
University of California - Berkeley
University of Texas - Austin
University of Washington
Villanova University

2010 National winning team

University of Illinois

2010 National finalists

Bucknell University
Emory University
Indiana University
University of Texas

2009 National Winning Team

University of Illinois


2009 National finalists

Providence College
Syracuse University
University of Connecticut
Villanova University

2008 National Winning Team

University of Illinois


2008 National finalists

Hampton University
LaSalle University
Louisiana State University
Villanova University

2007 National Winning Team

University of California - Berkeley


2007 National finalists

Louisiana State University
University of Illinois
University of Texas
Wake Forest University

2006 National Winning Team

Wake Forest University


2006 National finalists

Hampton University
Indiana University
Louisiana State University
New York University

2005 National Winning Team

Louisiana State University


2005 National finalists

Bentley College
Florida A&M University
Indiana University
Wake Forest University

2004 National Winning Team

Louisiana State University


2004 National finalists

Indiana University
Marquette University
St. Louis University
Binghamton University

2003 National Winning Team

Indiana University


2003 National finalists

Bucknell University
University of Iowa
Wake Forest University
Villanova University

2002 National Winning Team

No competition held


2002 National finalists

No competition held



2014 National Winning Team

Brigham Young University

2014 National finalists

Binghamton University
Brigham Young University (video contest winner)
Bryant University
Penn State University
Texas A&M University

2013 National winning team

University of Delaware

2013 National finalists

University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Missouri (video contest winner)

2012 National winning team

Oklahoma State University

2012 National finalists

Baylor University
Binghamton University
Oklahoma State University
Penn State University
University of Wisconsin

2011 National winning team

Brigham Young University

2011 National finalists

Bryant University
Binghamton University
Brigham Young University
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia

2010 National winning team

Brigham Young University

2010 National finalists

Bryant University
UC-Berkeley
University of Houston
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

2009 National Winning Team

Arizona State University


2009 National finalists

Baylor University
The Ohio State University
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida

2008 National Winning Team

Baylor University


2008 National finalists

Bentley University
Brigham Young University
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

2007 National Winning Team

Arizona State University


2007 National finalists

Baylor University
Binghamton University
Michigan State University
University of Notre Dame

2006 National Winning Team

University of Wisconsin


2006 National finalists

Brigham Young University
Syracuse University
University of California - Berkeley
University of Notre Dame

2005 National Winning Team

Brigham Young University


2005 National finalists

Baylor University
Bryant University
Michigan State University
University of Notre Dame

2004 National Winning Team

University of Wisconsin


2004 National finalists

Brigham Young University
DePaul University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas

2003 National Winning Team

New York University


2003 National finalists

Brigham Young University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

2002 National Winning Team

University of Wisconsin


2002 National finalists

Michigan State University
Brigham Young University
University of Texas
University of Missouri

Previous years

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Previous years

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Alabama
Auburn University
Emory University

Arizona
Arizona State University
UCLA

California
Sonoma State University
UC - Berkeley
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
University of Arizona
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Southern California
San Diego State University

Colorado
Colorado State University
University of Denver

Connecticut
University of Connecticut
Fairfield University

Delaware
University of Delaware

Florida
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Florida

Georgia
Georgia State University University of Georgia

Illinois
DePaul University
Northern Illinois University
University of Illinois

Indiana
University of Notre Dame
Indiana University
Purdue University

Kansas
University of Kansas
Kansas State University

Louisiana
Tulane University

Maryland
University of Maryland

Massachusetts
Babson College
Boston College
Holy Cross
UMass - Amherst

Michigan
Michigan State University

Minnesota
St. John's University
St. Thomas University - MN

Mississippi
University of Mississippi

Missouri
St. Louis University
University of Missouri - Columbia

New Jersey
Rutgers University New Brunswick
The College of New Jersey

New York
St. John Fisher College
SUNY Buffalo
Binghamton University
Brooklyn College
Fordham University
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
New York University
Pace University
St. Johns University
SUNY - Albany
Syracuse University

North Carolina
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Wake Forest University

Ohio
Miami University of Ohio
Ohio State University
Ohio University
University of Cincinnati

Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University
University of Oklahoma

Oregon
University of Oregon

Pennsylvania
LaSalle University
Penn State University
St. Joseph's University
Temple University
Villanova University
West Chester University
University of Pittsburgh
Bucknell University
King's College
Lehigh University
University of Scranton

Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico

Rhode Island
Bryant University
Providence College
University of Rhode Island

South Carolina
University of South Carolina

Tennessee
University of Tennessee

Texas
Texas A&M University
University of Houston
Baylor University
Texas Tech University
University of Texas
University of Texas El Paso

Utah
Brigham Young University
University of Utah

Virginia
Hampton University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
Washington & Lee
James Madison University
William & Mary

Washington
Gonzaga University
University of Washington

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Marquette University

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