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


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About the 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.

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How it works

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.

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What it takes

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.

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What's in it for me?

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. Any school with 10 or more teams competing will have a runner-up award of $200 per person.

Be part of the solution. All students will be eligible to take part in an additional challenge, “Responsibility: Be part of the solution,” inclusive of all participating schools nationwide. Students choosing to participate will be asked to submit a photo with a caption sharing how they are acting responsibly on campus and what responsibility means to them. These photos will be reviewed and selected students will be awarded an opportunity to help a classroom project, by choosing a cause they find inspiring and supporting students in need.

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The following schools are competing in Challenge during Spring of 2017.

Drexel University

Gonzaga University

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