Challenge Program

Welcome to Portland State University's Challenge Program

***The Challenge Program office staff is working remotly in response to the coronavirus but we are still contactable via the emails listed in the "Contact Us" menu***.




Challenge is a nationally accredited dual credit program, that started in 1976, for accelerated students (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) to take PSU courses at their high schools, earning both high school and PSU credit. 

Challenge’s mission is equivalency of experience to the campus course, academically and culturally. To this end: 

  • Instructors meet PSU department adjunct credentials.
  • Instructors have more academic freedom than those for which college credit is dependent on an exam score, and students are not sidelined by weeks of test-taking preparation
  • Courses are catalog-listed and in advance of regular high school courses, which facilitate credit transfer and credits that "count."
  • Faculty members partner with instructors, visiting their classrooms and coming together for departmental workshops that build a community of support and shared information.
  • Class visits to campus familiarize students with a large college campus and student resources such as the library, smoothing the transition to college.
  • National accreditation provides evidence of the quality of our program which helps in the transfer of credit nationally.

Registration Form:   REGISTER


Spring Registration Deadline is May 15th, 2020

The drop deadline has been changed to May 18th for all in progress Challenge classes.


Challenge Program 2019-20 Deadlines

Term      Mapping       Reg. Deadline    Drop Deadline    

Fall         Quarter          Oct 1, 2019        Oct 24, 2019          

               Semester       Oct 1, 2019        Nov 7, 2019          

               Year-long      Oct 1, 2019        May 18, 2020        

Winter    Quarter          Feb 18, 2020      March 5, 2020          

               Semester       Feb 18, 2020      May 18, 2020       

Spring    Quarter         May 15, 2020       May 18, 2020


Read more about the Challenge Program's History and the benefits of enrollment