The Challenge Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

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


The University of Saint Joseph offers a range of courses designed to give high school and home-schooled students (age 16 — 18) an opportunity to engage in a rigorous college experience, while earning credits which can be applied toward a college degree.

Interested students can select a course during USJ’s fall, spring or summer semesters and must submit the application at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. Each term is made available on the application once the courses are posted for that term.

The Challenge Program Application Procedure

  1. Apply online at
  2. In order to ensure that interested high school and home-schooled student have the necessary and relevant academic ability to be successful in a college-level course, an unofficial copy of the student’s transcript must be uploaded and sent with the online application. Students must be 16 years of age or older and studying at the equivalent of junior or senior-level standing.
  3. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and accepted students will be notified via email.
  4. An academic advisor will contact the accepted students to schedule registration appointments in mid-August for the fall semester, in early January for the spring semester, and late April for summer sessions.

Conditions of Participation in the Challenge Program:

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


Contact the Academic Advisement Center, 860.231.5219.

Course offerings subject to availability.

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