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CHALLENGE 2017 dates are set!  Saturday, June 24 – Friday, July 28. The application process is under way.  We are expected to accept 100 participants.  Last year, we reached capacity and some applicants were not able to attend. We expect this year to be the same.  Therefore, if you are interested in Challenge 2017, you should apply as soon as possible to secure a spot.
The Challenge fee is $500. It has remained $500 for nearly 15 years.  This year, we reviewed the cost and decided to keep the fee at $500 despite an increase in program costs to over $2,500 per student.  A major consideration in our decision making was the high correlation between Challenge participation and Fall semester performance. Here at Georgia Tech, the OMED office is committed to student success and we do not want anyone to miss out on this opportunity due to cost. We hope you will choose similarly by applying to attend Challenge, today!
The Challenge fee is not due until May 19, 2017 so don’t let that affect your decision to apply.  We will notify applicants of their acceptance status with Challenge from  April 10- May 10, 2017.


Over the past 5 years, challenge students who FULLY ENGAGED in the program had an average fall first semester GPA of 3.58. Yes that was not a misprint…3.58!!! The GT majority population freshmen average was approximately 3.30. Comparatively, eligible students that chose not to participate in Challenge average GPA was 3.07. Learn more about Challenge and Apply Today!



Challenge is often referred to as “The Ultimate Academic Pre-Season”. Georgia Tech accepts some of the brightest students in the world. Attending the Challenge program allows students to get a glimpse of the academic rigor and competitive nature, early. By “practicing” how to handle this environment, Challenge students will be better prepared in the Fall. Why start Tech without a preseason?


Courses & Activities

Challenge students are immersed in the Georgia Tech environment; they live in a freshman dorm, take courses provided by Georgia Tech professors, and participate in professional, academic, community, and social workshop activities. Click below to learn more about Challenge Courses & Activities.

Applicant Details

Challenge 2017 will be held, June 24 – July 28. Here you will find essential details to help you plan for your participation in this year’s program and aid in your successful transition from home to Georgia Tech’s campus.