Challenge Program

Challenge Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

The University of Saint Joseph Challenge Program is designed for female and male students to expand and enrich their academic program with a collegiate experience while still attending high school.

Accepted students receive tuition-free scholarships enabling them to take one course for college credit during the fall or spring semesters.

Evidence of above-average performance in a college preparatory program and a recommendation of a guidance counselor are required for acceptance into this program.

Home schooled students should be 16 years or older and studying at the equivalent of junior year. They must submit evidence of a portfolio of work completed and a letter of recommendation from their primary teacher.

  • Student assumes cost of books, laboratory fees, and transportation.
  • Limit one semester course tuition-free.
  • Enrollment is subject to openings available after regular college registration. Students are accepted on a space available basis.
  • Unless otherwise noted, classes meet three hours a week.


  1. Obtain an application form from your school counselor.
  2. By July 1, 2017, the completed application, transcript, available college board scores, and counselor’s recommendation must be forwarded to:
    University of Saint Joseph
    Attn: Academic Advisement Center
    1678 Asylum Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
  3. Applications will be reviewed and accepted students notified via their guidance counselor.
  4. USJ advisors will contact students to schedule registration appointments in mid-August.


Contact the Academic Advisement Center, 860.231.5219.


Day Abbreviations Course Abbreviations
M - Monday COMP Computers
T - Tuesday CRMJ Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
W - Wednesday ECON Economics
R - Thursday ENGL English
F - Friday HIST History
S - Saturday MATH Mathematics, PSYC Psychology, SPAN Spanish


Course selection subject to availability. Previous course listings have included:

  • COMP 100 Introduction to Computers 3 CR
  • CRMJ 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 CR
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 CR
  • ENGL 104 The Art of Effective Writing I 3 CR
  • HIST 120 The American Scene to 1865 3 CR
  • MATH 110 Elementary Statistics 3 CR
  • PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology 3 CR
  • SPAN 100 Beginning Conversation I 3 CR
  • SPAN 154 Spanish for Health Professionals 3CR
  • SPAN 250 Conversation and Readings 3 CR
  • SPAN 302 Fundamentals of Hispanic Lit Studies 3 CR

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