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About the Academic Bowl

The first ASU Academic Bowl was held in 2006 as a showcase for the broad intellectual talent and school spirit of the ASU student body as part of a high-level academic competition among its schools and colleges. Modeled in the style of the classic College Bowl television show and national competition, the annual fall event pits four-person teams against each other in a fast-paced trivia rounds on topics ranging political science to pop culture and everything in between.

The first bowl featured 16 teams made up of students from diverse academic backgrounds and was a tremendous success. Each year since, the Academic Bowl has drawn increasingly competitive teams and larger audiences of fans, families and friends – often donning signs even costumes – designed to support their academic homes and create a high-energy event.

Augmenting ASU’s legacy of competitive achievement, the Academic Bowl spotlights our outstanding students and provides a fun and exciting atmosphere of knowledge and teamwork. Teams prepare diligently for the annual contest, which is challenging but worth the rewards: a championship title and substantial scholarship money.

Early elimination rounds take place in the Memorial Union on the ASU Tempe campus. The final rounds take place in the Eight, Arizona PBS studios on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, where they are filmed in front of a live audience for future broadcast.


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