The Challenge Program is a first-year, academic support program that was designed to benefit students during their transition from high school to college. Students who have demonstrated academic achievement and success yet do not meet one or more of the traditional freshman admissions criteria, are offered contractual admission to the University of Michigan-Flint. Students are recommended by the Office of Admissions and acceptance to University of Michigan-Flint is contingent based on the student’s documented agreement to participate in the Challenge Program.
Challenge provides students with academic coaches, peer mentors, block scheduling, free academic workshops, training in study skills, academic monitoring, and Personalized Education Plans (PEP). Participants are also eligible for the Challenge Program Book Scholarship established by the M-Club of Greater Flint to assist students in purchasing textbooks for their education. Students that participate in Challenge Program’s services tend to successfully move on to their sophomore year and ultimately graduate from the University of Michigan-Flint. Former students of the University’s Challenge Program have gone on to become notable leaders on campus and in their respective communities.
There is no special designation that will make a participant in the program feel different from any other student. However, active participants receive personalized services that gives them the edge needed to have a successful first year experience and beyond. As such, this program is yet another example of the University’s commitment of enabling students to reach excellence in education.