Student information and application

Who can apply?

The program is open to undergraduates in the Schools of Business (pre-business and business majors) and Engineering/Computing majors with graduation dates of December 2022 to December 2024. Approximately 60-80 students, from Business and Engineering, will be selected to attend.

When is Leadership Challenge?

Leadership Challenge participants will attend the event during two days in January in Lawrence. Corporate representatives will participate with students in all activities.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications are due in mid-October. Interviews will be held in early November. Students will be notified by the end of November of their status. There is no cost to students for this program.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out and submit the online applicationĀ here.
  2. Submit your resume by applying on Search by employer "KU Leadership Challenge." Only applications where both parts 1 & 2 are completed will be considered.
  3. Students selected in the first-round of the application may be required to interview on Friday, November 8 to select the students who will attend the Leadership Challenge. Alternate dates for interviews are not available; please plan accordingly.

Note: Business/Engineering double majors should apply through both schools as candidates are selected independently.

School of Business questions can be directed to Jolene Phillips. School of Engineering questions can be directed to Jennifer Nigro.

Can Leadership Challenge be used toward my Leadership Engagement Certificate?

Yes! Leadership Challenge can be counted as leadership training hours toward the Leadership Certificate. For more information on the Leadership Certificate, please visit for more information on the Leadership Certificate.

I live in the residence halls/scholarship halls and they are closed until classes start. Where will I stay during the Leadership Challenge?

Campus residence and scholarship halls typically charge a per day fee to allow students access to their rooms prior to the start of the academic year when Leadership Challenge occurs. If you are accepted to Leadership Challenge and you choose to stay in your residence/scholarship hall room during the event, it is your responsibility to (1) pay for any fees associated with staying in the residence/scholarship halls and (2) talk to your hall director to make arrangements to gain access. Fees vary depending on the hall in which you live.