Cross-College Challenge

The Cross-College Challenge HUB XC 433 is a unique project-based course unlike any other 4 credit course offered at BU! The XCC allows you to gain valuable, real-life experiences while developing leadership, teamwork, and communication skills employers and graduate schools are looking for. You will work in a team of 4-6 students from different schools and colleges all across campus. While sharing your expertise in this project-based course, you will tackle pressing contemporary problems and enduring human questions while immersing yourself in campus life and the City of Boston. Students interact with both on- and off-campus partners, working to find new answers to the current challenges that affect both BU and the City of Boston.

Cross College Challenge

Potential Project

BU Sustainability

This summer, sustainability@BU is partnering with the Cross-College Challenge to pilot a first wave of projects designed to help BU achieve the carbon reduction goals laid out in the University's Climate Action Plan. This summer's projects tackle student access to recycling and composting systems on campus, estimating the carbon impact of various elements of student life, and modeling the carbon footprint of international student travel, all of which directly improve the University's progress towards its sustainability goals. In addition to designing, piloting, and evaluating new programs and models, students will present their findings as recommendations to sustainability@BU for university-wide implementation, and work with the office to develop the next series of projects based on their experiences and expertise. Students participating in these projects will not only gain a deeper knowledge of environmental sustainability through first-hand experience, and have the opportunity to make a substantive impact on the carbon footprint of the campus, but will have a direct hand in guiding the efforts of students who expand on their work in future semesters.

The Summer course faculty instructors are:

Jonathan Hibbard, Assistant Professor Questrom School of Business
Adam Sweeting, Associate Professor College of General Studies- Division of Humanities

Enroll Today for Fall 2018!

Does the Cross-College Challenge sound like an exciting opportunity, but won’t fit in your summer schedule? No need to worry! Fall registration for the XCC is open to rising Juniors and Seniors. Visit for an application and more information. The 2nd round deadline to apply for pre-registration is April 8th. Open registration begins April 15th but seats are limited. For details contact us at