Challenge

Freshman - Fifth year

Join nearly 5,000 other students from 95 colleges and universities, learn more about high-level tax and accounting policy issues 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.



Business is the place where theory is executed in real time. It's a place where decisions are made, where communication is key, and collaborative, team-oriented thinking is a must. These are the conditions created in Challenge, PwC's case competitions.

No longer within the safe confines of the classroom, PwC seeks students who are eager to plunge briefly into the environment of the real business world to show what they're made of as critical thinkers, able collaborators and persuasive advisors on important business issues.

No number-crunching exercises, Challenge focuses on high-level issues designed to test and improve your decision-making skills. Detailed accounting or tax knowledge is not required to participate. What is required is your desire to learn, meet people, experience new challenges, and have fun.

Our 2014 Challenge campuses are designated for either the Accounting competition OR the Tax competition. 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 two upperclassman*;
  • Teams may have no more than one prior national finalist;
  • All members must have the intent to apply, applied or be currently enrolled in the college's/university's Business School.
*Classes definitions

Upperclassman

  • 3rd (Junior) and 4th (Senior) year students in a 4 year program
  • 4th (Senior) and 5th year students in a 5 year program
  • All graduate students

Underclassman

  • 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 are considered underclassman

Attend official mission meeting on campus

At the mission meeting, you and your teammates will meet with PwC representatives to receive your official case packet 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 85 schools involved, almost 35,000 participants, and nearly $3 million in prize money awarded. Over the years, more than 175,000 hours have been logged to Challenge by competing students. The case competitions continue 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 2013 a record setting 1000 teams from 89 colleges and universities tackled the Challenge, which is comprised of two competitions - Accounting and Tax. Congratulations to our national finalists!


Accounting

Tax

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



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

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

Previous years

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
Rise to the Challenge
During the 2013 fall season 90 schools from across the country competed in Challenge. Stay tuned to see who will rise to the Challenge this fall.

 

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