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.

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.

  • 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 a designated period of time 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 nearly 100 schools involved and almost 40,000 participants. The case competition continues to have a significant impact on our participants, helping them to better understand the vast career opportunities in business professional services and connecting them with professionals in the industry. The characteristics that winning teams exhibit are critical thinking, presentation skills, teamwork, and time management.

There are rewards, personal and financial. Team with friends to discuss and solve real world problems. Gain exposure to PwC professionals who will evaluate your teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills. Walk away with a stronger sense of overall professionalism, improved presentation skills, along with a broader network of relationships.

Each member of a winning campus team will receive $250 and each winning team will also be eligible to take part in an optional Corporate Responsibility (CR) challenge, inclusive of all participating schools nationwide. In an effort that is meaningful to you, experience how we at PwC drive purpose in our communities. Give back and make an impact with PwC!

To register, please click on your school from the list below.

Arizona State University
Babson College
Bentley University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Brigham Young University
Brooklyn College
Bryant University
Bucknell University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado State University
DePaul University
Drexel University
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia State University
Gonzaga University
Hampton University
Howard University
Indiana University - Bloomington
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Kansas State University
King's College
La Salle University
Lehigh University
Loyola University
Marquette University
Miami University - Ohio
Michigan State University
NC State University
New York University

North Carolina A&T
Northern Illinois University
Ohio University
Oklahoma State University
Pace University
Penn State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rutgers University New Brunswick
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
St. John Fisher College
St. John's University
St. John's University / College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph's University
SUNY - Albany
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
The College of New Jersey
The Ohio State University
Truman State University
Tulane University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UNC - Chapel Hill
University at Buffalo
University of Arizona
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Connecticut

University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of North Dakota
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St. Thomas
University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP)
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Cincinnati
UW-Madison
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee
West Chester University
William & Mary

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