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Challenge Program
Welcome to Challenge, Portland State University’s nationally accredited 35-year old concurrent-enrollment program targeted to high achieving students who take lower-division PSU courses at the high school and earn both high school and college credit.

High school instructors, who have met PSU Departmental requirements for adjunct status, teach these courses within the regular school day. Close partnerships with PSU faculty and Departments ensure that the courses are the same as their campus counter-parts and that learning outcomes are met. This community of faculty and instructors is the foundation of Challenge’s success. It provides a venue for support and shared information that reinforces the connection between the campus and the classroom.

To be eligible to take a Challenge course, students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. A strong academic track record helps ensure readiness for the rigor of our courses. Aside from the rigor of the course, we strive to provide a cultural college experience by bringing classes to campus, encouraging use of our library resources, and holding students accountable for their own performance. Challenge courses are intended for seniors.

Read more about the Challenge Program History and benefits that set it apart from other programs, such as the College Board’s Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate.