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Challenge is OMED’s signature bridge program. It is a five-week, intensive program that is held every summer for incoming Georgia Tech freshman. In Challenge, students are immersed in the Georgia Tech environment; they live in a freshman dorm, take classes provided by Georgia Tech professors, and participate in social and academic workshops provided by upper-class Tech students.
During the five weeks, Challenge students take core courses that simulates a typical students’ freshman year – Calculus I or II, Chemistry, Computer Science, and a Seminar. The courses are taught in the same manner, and pace, as a real Georgia Tech course. This allows students to become familiarize with Georgia Tech academics as well as understand mistakes and pitfalls that may occur in their first year. Students will not receive credit for the courses taught in Challenge. The experience of taking these courses early is where the true value lies.
Historically, students who participate in the Challenge Program graduate at a higher rate and with superior academic performance than their non-Challenge counterparts.
•Challenged Learning – the opportunity to attend Calculus I or II, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Freshmen Seminar classes taught by Georgia Tech faculty and staff. Skills-based instruction focuses on those areas that commonly cause problems for the entering freshmen in these classes. Students are tested and will receive grades on their academic performance.
•Challenged Living – the opportunity to live in the dormitory and attend classes with other Challenge participants. This fosters a close network of friends on campus prior to the beginning of fall semester.
•Challenged Lifestyle – the application of time management and study skills. A full course load, evening workshops, social events, and study sessions are all in a day’s schedule that students learn to master in Challenge.
•FUN – Field trips, social workshops, whitewater rafting, sports, corporate interactions, Atlanta events, team building activities, and much more.