Jeopardy! College Championship

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The Jeopardy! College Championship is one of the traditional tournaments held each season on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Contestants in this tournament are full-time undergraduate college students with no prior degrees. The existence of this tournament does not disqualify college students from auditioning for the regular shows, but tournament participants cannot later compete in regular play. The tournament began during 1988-89 season (Season 5) and is played every season, always during any one of the three traditional sweeps periods (November, February, or May).


The College Championship uses a ten-game format similar to that used for the Tournament of Champions and the Teen Tournament: 15 players, in groups of three, play in five quarterfinal games; the winners of those five games and the four highest-scoring nonwinners as wild cards become the nine semifinalists who compete in three games, with no two players rematching each other in the semifinal round. The three semifinal winners advance to the two-day final round, in which contestants play two separate matches, with the contestants' combined scores for both matches determining the champion (contestants start with $0 each day).



All College Championship contestants receive cash prizes, based on their progress through the tournament. Contestants eliminated prior to the finals receive fixed payouts, while contestants in the finals receive guaranteed minimums, but can earn more. Over time, the prizes have increased in value, as shown below:

Period Finalists (minimum guarantees) Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Winner 1st runner-up 2nd runner-up
1989–1997 $25,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000
1998–1999 $15,000 $10,000 $2,500
2000–2002 $50,000
2003 $25,000 $15,000
2004–present $100,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000


From 1993–2004, the winner also won a new car (Dodge from 1993–1994, Volvo from 1995–2003, and Volkswagen in 2004), and the company who manufactured the car matched each finalists' totals and set up scholarships in those amounts earned for the finalists' schools.


Winners also receive a small replica trophy of the larger College Championship trophy, which is retained by Jeopardy! in Southern California. On the larger trophy are engraved the names of every year's winner.

Other prizes[edit]

  • Participants in the Season 17 College Championship received custom Jeopardy! jackets by L.L. Bean.
  • Participants in the Season 27 College Championship received a Nintendo Wii and the Jeopardy! Wii game.
  • Participants in the Season 30 College Championship received "Jeopardy!" tote bags and picture frames.

Tournament of Champions[edit]

In addition to the above-mentioned winnings, the winner earns an automatic position in the next Tournament of Champions. Three College Champions have made the Tournament of Champions finals (Tom Cubbage in 1989, Jeff Stewart in 1994, and Cliff Galliher in 2007), but only Cubbage won the event.

Many college champions have been invited to later Jeopardy! "all-time best" tournaments as well, with varying degrees of success:

  • 1989 winner Tom Cubbage competed in the next year's Super Jeopardy! tournament, losing his opening quarterfinal match.
  • Every College Championship winner to that point competed in 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions, with 2000 winner Pam Mueller advancing to the semifinals, and 1996 winner Shane Whitlock advancing to the quarterfinals.
  • Cubbage, Mueller, Whitlock, 1993 winner Phoebe Juel, and 2001 winner Vinita Kailasanath all competed in 2014's Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades, with both Cubbage & Mueller advancing to the semifinals. Whitlock, 2008 winner Joey Beachum, and November 2010 winner Erin McLean were among the past champions in the fan favourite online voting to earn one of three slots in the tournament, but only Whitlock won the fan vote for his decade.

List of participants[edit]

The following is a list of contestants and where they placed in the tournament. Finalists who earned more than the minimum guarantee are as indicated.

Finalists Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Alex Trebek Era (1984–present)
Season 5 (May 8–19, 1989)
Winner: Tom Cubbage (Southern Methodist University, $26,600)
1st runner-up: Alex Yang (Tulane University, $24,601)
2nd runner-up: Linda Krisak (Case Western Reserve University)
Kyle Bostian (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Jason Moore (University of Southern California)
David Nieporent (Princeton University)
Jason Powderly (Florida State University)
Monroe Roark (University of West Georgia)
Kristine Zaleskas (Harvard University)
Paula Ashbaugh (Michigan State University)
Ann Danielson (Amherst College)
Betty Hsu (University of California, Los Angeles)
Dave Piatt (Johns Hopkins University)
Anna Simopolous (Cornell University)
Chris Swensen (Towson State University)
Season 6 (May 7–18, 1990)
Winner: Michael Thayer (Rutgers University)
1st runner-up: David Honea (North Carolina State University)
2nd runner-up: Amy Zucker (Wesleyan University)
Joey Burgoon (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Matthew Miller (University of Michigan)
Katie Polk (College of William & Mary)
Gavin Russell (University of California, Berkeley)
Noah Smith (Northwestern University)
Brad Williams (University of Northern Iowa)
Elena Broder (Duke University)
Eryn Brown (Harvard University)
Bobbie Diamond (Oberlin College)
Julie Gross (Rice University)
Sue O'Connor (Saint Mary's College (Indiana))
Penny Prior (Georgetown University)
Season 7 (May 6–17, 1991)
Winner: Scott Gillispie (Georgia Institute of Technology, $27,400)
1st runner-up: Andre Duvoisin (University of New Orleans, $10,600)
2nd runner-up: Tim Lakin (Northwestern University)
Kimberly Bartlett (University of Alabama)
Maureen McIvor (Georgetown University)
Franco Recchia (Wayne State University)
Season 8 (May 4–15, 1992)
Winner: Billy Baxter (College of William & Mary, $26,200)
1st runner-up: Nick Jungman (University of Oklahoma, $16,800)
2nd runner-up: Stephanie Leveene (University of Delaware, $16,800)
Chris Montplaisir (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)2
Ken Kansa (The George Washington University)2
David Ellis (Michigan State University)
Season 9 (May 3–14, 1993)
Winner: Phoebe Juel (Grinnell College, $28,000)
1st runner-up: Eric Biber (Harvard University, $19,100)
2nd runner-up: John van deWeert (Princeton University, $16,800)
Jeffrey Thompsen (University of California, Berkeley)
Jessica Sison (San Francisco State University)
Nelson Brooks (University of South Carolina)
Ann Menge (Marquette University)
Keena Baumgartner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Dave Larson (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Sate Falley (Florida Atlantic University)
Nikki Laski (Iowa State University)
Rhonda Rodriguez (Boston University)
Ericka Hayes (Washington University in St. Louis)
Patrick Archdeacon (Columbia University)
Andi Bloom (Illinois State University)
Season 10 (May 2–13, 1994)
Winner: Jeff Stewart (Brigham Young University)
1st runner-up: Dave Goldsmith (Colgate University)
2nd runner-up: Keri Ellis (Michigan Technological University)
Kristen Brewe (University of Minnesota)
Brooke Gallagher (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Brian Johnson (University of Florida)
Elizabeth Lizotte (Simpson College)
Martin Poteralski (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Sarah Jane Whitten (University of Texas at Dallas)
Maggie Bandur (Northwestern University)
Benoy Chacko (University of Michigan)
Mark Rooney (University of Missouri)
Matt Stone (University of Illinois)
John Sweeney (University of Nebraska)
Shawn Wrobel (Stanford University)
Season 11 (May 1–12, 1995)
Winner: Ben Lyon (University of Oklahoma)
1st runner-up: Rebekah Reeves (Texas A&M University)
2nd runner-up: Stephen Smith (University of Notre Dame)
Season 12 (February 12–23, 1996)
Winner: Shane Whitlock (University of Arkansas, $32,800)
1st runner-up: Vandana Madhavan (Harvard University, $21,000)
2nd runner-up: Bryan Fagan (Southwest Missouri State University, $13,199)
Bronwyn Bedient (University of North Carolina)
Stephanie Brown (University of West Georgia)
Brian Gondos (University of Pennsylvania)
Bill Lee (University of Washington)
Michael Musgrove (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Mark Schmidt (Baldwin-Wallace College)
Alison Anderson (Boston University)
Colin Campbell (Princeton University)
Jenn Cunningham (Yale University)
Alex Rucker (The George Washington University)
Rachel Schifter (Colgate University)
Jeff Warren (Abilene Christian College)
Season 13 (May 12–23, 1997)
Winner: Craig Barker (University of Michigan)
1st runner-up: Mark Urciuolo (Marist College)
2nd runner-up: Steven Bevier (Michigan State University)2
Brian Chan (Harvard University)2
Bill McKinley (Wittenberg University)
Eric Slack (Purdue University)
Lisa Talley (Loyola University of New Orleans)
Joel Vaughan (Duke University)
Aaron Wenger (University of Louisville)
Oliver Baptiste (William Paterson College)
Leslie Campisi (Loyola University of New Orleans)
Brigid Laurie (Bryn Mawr College)
Andrea Pinyan (Alfred University)
Andrea Riquier (Boston University)
James Tong (Yale University)
Season 14 (May 4–15, 1998), at Zellerbach Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus
Winner: Andrew Hutchings (Harvey Mudd College)
1st runner-up: Alex Weathers (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $16,199)
2nd runner-up: Shane Underwood (University of Alabama)
Adia Benton (Brown University)
Cathy Landers (University of California, Berkeley)
Grace Lansangan (Barton College)
Claire Ogilvie (Yale University)
Kristen Page (Mary Washington College)
Bryan Stofferahn (Santa Clara University)
Lucas Bergman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Leslie Cooper (University of South Carolina)
Chanel Lee (University of Virginia)
Katy Sprinkel (DePauw University)
Sub Stockman (University of Pennsylvania)
Mari Webel (Stanford University)
Season 15 (May 3–14, 1999), at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, Illinois
Winner: Carolyn Cracraft (University of Chicago)
1st runner-up: Katie King (University of Kentucky)
2nd runner-up: Josh Levy (University of Pennsylvania, $12,295)
Meg Audette (Wofford College)
Cameron Blakemore (Oklahoma State University)
Stephen James (University of North Texas)
Veronica Lee (University of Oregon)
Jason McClellan (Texas A&M University)
Whitney Owens (Northwestern University)
Julie Ann Cohen (University of Michigan)
Tara Crabtree (University of Washington)
Aaron Johnson (Rowan University)
Butch Malec (Reed College)
Paul Marchegiani (Northwestern University)
Nicole Thibodeau (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Season 16 (February 7–18, 2000)
Winner: Janet Wong (Drew University)
1st runner-up: Adam Canter (Georgetown University, $17,299)
2nd runner-up: Greg Hodgin (Emory University)
Julia Becker (Brandeis University)
Gina Bronsberg (University of Illinois)
Molly Jesse (University of Virginia)
Michael La Masse (Eastern Michigan University)
Kurt Medland (Albion College)
Natalie Tindall (Florida A&M University)
Darren Bates (University of California, San Diego)
Peter Scott Breeze (Ithaca College)
Anita Brkic (University of California, Los Angeles)
Gweneth Connell (Amherst College)
Milo Dochow (Cooper Union)1
Marcail Moran (Hollins University)
Season 17 (November 8–21, 2000), at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus
Winner: Pam Mueller (Loyola University Chicago)
1st runner-up: Jonah Knobler (Harvard University)
2nd runner-up: Carl Gilbertsen (University of Illinois)
Mitali Banerjee (Rice University)
Matt Keller (Vanderbilt University)
Erin Milligan (University of Delaware)
Suzanne Rivoire (University of Texas at Austin)
Genevieve Romeo (Ursinus College)
Dave Sabath (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Jim Giesen (University of Washington)
Iyesatu Kamara (University of Washington)
Jordan Kovnot (Dartmouth College)
Rob Schickler (Baylor University)
Lisa Thimjon (Luther College (Iowa))
John R. Williams (The George Washington University)
Season 18 (November 7–20, 2001), at Pauley Pavilion on the University of California, Los Angeles campus
Winner: Vinita Kailasanath (Stanford University)
1st runner-up: Matt Schnippert (Florida State University, $19,801)
2nd runner-up: Thomas Zamora (University of Southern California, $14,100)
Sara Dean (Syracuse University)
Brett Dvorak (Indiana University)
Mysti Kofford (Boston University)
Jayce Newton (University of California, Los Angeles)
Marques Redd (Harvard University)
Brittany Rogers (Saddleback College)
Erin Bogart (Miami University)
Jamie Green (Brown University)
Susan Haarman (Marquette University)
Tony Nagatani (Ithaca College)
Andrew Nerlinger (University of Notre Dame)
Sam Weaver (Bradley University)
Season 19 (November 11–22, 2002), at Jerome Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus
Winner: Kyle Hale (Texas A&M University, $51,300)
1st runner-up: Mark Kehres (Ohio State University, $49,200)
2nd runner-up: Jara Dorsey (Carnegie Mellon University)
Arianna Haut (Washington University in St. Louis)
Stacy Lee (Smith College)
Corrie Loeffler (Azusa Pacific University)
Sarah Martin-Anderson (California State University, Bakersfield)
Pat Mobley (University of Michigan)
Katie Orphan (Whitworth College)
Brian Andrews (DePaul University)
Jenny Hauser (University of Arizona)
Allison Hurley (University of Cincinnati)
Adam Kay (Salt Lake Community College)
Tony Sina (Temple University)
Hikma Abdulghani (Columbia University)
Season 20 (November 10–21, 2003), at Payne Whitney Gymnasium on the Yale University campus
Winner: Keith Williams (Middlebury College)
1st runner-up: Grant Hutchinson (University of West Florida)
2nd runner-up: Joshua Perkins (Rice University)
Alex Albrecht (Purdue University)
Ellen Auer (St. Olaf College)
Ken Basin (University of Southern California)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest University)
Heather Groggel (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Robby Schrum (Yale University)
Lauren Henderson (Colby College)
Amanda Johnson (University of Chicago)
Karli Kosman (Mt. San Jacinto College)
Mary Naam (Harvard University)
Lee Tucker (Carleton College)
Joyce Yuan (University of California, Berkeley)
Season 21 (November 10–23, 2004), at the Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus
Winner: Kermin Fleming (Carnegie Mellon University)
1st runner-up: Ari Schoenholtz (Williams College)
2nd runner-up: Rachel McCool (Dickinson College)
Kelley Burd (West Virginia University)
Lindsey Hargrove (University of Texas)
Amory Jendrek (Davidson College)
Vicky Manos (St. John's University)
Casey Retterer (University of Maryland, College Park)
Lily Wang (Columbia University)
Matt Bushell (Georgetown University)
Jeff Love (Stanford University)
Chris Maes (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)
Larry Marshall (University of Missouri)
Amanda Nowotny (University of Pittsburgh)
Brad Selvig (Florida State University)
Season 22 (November 7–18, 2005), at the RBC Center, just off the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh, North Carolina
Winner: Nico Martinez (Stanford University)
1st runner-up: Adam Pinson (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
2nd runner-up: Jayanth Iyengar (Washington University in St. Louis)
Beth Cimini (Boston University)
Peter Ellis (North Carolina State University)
Ben Goldman (New York University)
Alison Jenik (University of Maryland, College Park)
Amanda Walker (Gonzaga University)
Antonia Wang (Purdue University)
Anna Allie (University of Michigan–Dearborn)
Chris Breen (Princeton University)
Colin Brown (University of Rochester)
Malisha Butts (North Carolina Central University)
Christopher Chilton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Chelsea He (Duke University)
Season 23 (April 30, 2007–May 11, 2007), at the Galen Center on the Campus of the University of Southern California
Winner: Cliff Galiher (University of California, Los Angeles)
1st runner-up: Craig Boge (Stanford University)
2nd runner-up: Christine Kennedy (University of Notre Dame)
Hayley Clatterbuck (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Alice Luo (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dean Malec (Northwestern University)
Will Schultz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Haritha Sudanagunta (University of California, San Diego)
Pete Troyan (University of Michigan)
Elise Burton (University of California, Berkeley)
Brady Cassis (Yale University)
Ashley Grand (Harvard University)
Anna Han (Penn State University)
Sarah Nothnagel (University of Southern California)
Kaitlin Welborn (University of Pennsylvania)
Season 24 (May 5–16, 2008), at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Winner: Joey Beachum (Mississippi State University)
1st runner-up: Danielle Zsenak (Marquette University)
2nd runner-up: Andrew Chung (Harvey Mudd College)
Danny Devries (University of Michigan)
Tara Franey (Michigan State University)
James Grant (Georgetown University)
Gabrielle McMahan (Florida A&M University)
Suchita Shah (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Vera Swain (University of South Carolina)
Jonathan Hawley (Harvard University)
Than Hedman (University of Colorado Boulder)
Brandon Hensley (California Institute of Technology)
Meredith Johnson (University of Minnesota)
Dara Lind (Yale University)
Katie Winter (Tufts University)
Season 25 (May 4–15, 2009)
Winner: Patrick Tucker (University of Notre Dame)
1st runner-up: Eric Betts (Emory University)
2nd runner-up: Laura Myers (University of Missouri, $29,900)
Andrew Ceppos (Tufts University)
Ariella Goldstein (Muhlenberg College)
Erica Greil (Princeton University)
Greg Lichtenstein (Vassar College)
Scott Menke (Johns Hopkins University)
Mark Petterson (University of Kansas)
Elyssa Browning (St. John's College)
Larissa Charnsangavej (Rice University)
Kadeem Cooper (University of Virginia)
Anthony Dedousis (Harvard University)
Jennifer Duann (Ohio State University)
Courtney Trezise (Michigan State University)
Season 26 (February 1–12, 2010)
Winner: Nick Yozamp (Washington University in St. Louis)
1st runner-up: Ryan Stoffers (University of California, Los Angeles)
2nd runner-up: Surya Sabhapathy (University of Michigan, $26,600)
Dan D'Addario (Columbia University)
Lindsay Eanet (University of Missouri)
James Hill III (Santa Clara University)
Leah Anthony Libresco (Yale University)
Samira Missaghi (University of Minnesota)
Ashley Walker (Dartmouth College)
Robbie Berg (University of Pennsylvania)
Rebecca Maxfield (Brown University)
Prashant Raghavendran (University of Texas at Dallas)
Lyndsey Romick (Lewis & Clark College)
Danny Vopava (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)
Will Warren (University of Alabama)
Season 27 (November 8–19, 2010)
Winner: Erin McLean (Boston University)
1st runner-up: Sam Spaulding (Yale University)
2nd runner-up: Hans von Walter (Southern Adventist University)
Sid Chandrasekhar (University of Pennsylvania)
Ellen Eichner (Ohio State University)
Marshall Flores (Arizona State University)
Steve Greene (University of California, Los Angeles)
Kyle Kahan (Texas A&M University)
Lea Tottle (Florida State University)
Olivia Colangelo (University of Notre Dame)
Folake Dosu (Stanford University)
Steph Gagelin (University of North Dakota)
Amanda J. Ray (University of Virginia)
Tim Relihan (University of Nebraska)
Katie Singh (Northwestern University)
Season 28 (February 1–14, 2012)
Winner: Monica Thieu (University of North Texas)
1st runner-up: Sarah Bart (Goucher College)
2nd runner-up: Zack Terrill (Vanderbilt University)
Jaime Alayon (The George Washington University)
Tyler Benedict (Columbia University)
Greer Mackebee (Duke University)
Weston Mangin (California Polytechnic State University)
Matt Olson (Stanford University)
Connie Shi (University of Michigan)
Sarah Bauer (Indiana University)
Zach McDonnell (College of William & Mary)
Marie McGraw (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Charlie Rooney (Loyola University Chicago)
Anne Rozek (Eastern Illinois University)
Carrie Tian (Harvard University)
Season 29 (May 6–17, 2013)
Winner: Jim Coury (Georgetown University)
1st runner-up: Trevor Walker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
2nd runner-up: Kristen Jolley (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Cindy Cammarn (Bowdoin College)
Daniel Donohue (Northwestern University)
Hannah Shoenhard (Scripps College)
Jed Silver (Tufts University)
Julia Sprangers (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Nishanth Uli (Washington University in St. Louis)
Bill Driscoll (Stanford University)
Forrest Farjadian (University of Tulsa)
Jack Houston (Azusa Pacific University)
Paige Radtke (University of Colorado Boulder)
Laura Rigge (Wellesley College)
Taylor Roth (Baylor University)
Season 30 (February 10–21, 2014)
Winner: Terry O'Shea (Princeton University)
1st runner-up: Tucker Pope (Texas A&M University)
2nd runner-up: Kevin Shen (University of California, Berkeley)3
Laurie Beckoff (University of Chicago)
Julia Clark (Harvard University)
Ben Juster (University of California, Los Angeles)
Erika Sloan (Middlebury College)
Whitney Thompson (University of Oklahoma)
Eric Turner (Vanderbilt University)
Kenesha Bennett (Oakwood University)
James Fulwiler (Temple University)
Maria Khrakovsky (Ohio State University)
Cameron Kim (Duke University)
Sarah Stevens (University of Delaware)
Alex Sventeckis (Ball State University)

^1 Milo Dochow was a losing contestant in the Winter 1999 Teen Tournament but was invited to participate in the following year's College Championship after being potentially disadvantaged by a questionable judges' ruling in Final Jeopardy!.

^2 The first quarterfinal match of the 1992 College Championship ended in a tie, between Chris Montplasir and Ken Kansa, and Chris Montplasir won a spot in the semifinals and Ken Kansa earned enough money to earn a wildcard spot (although two other tie-breaker clues were given and correct responses were given for neither, resulting in editing out of the broadcast). The first semifinal match of the 1997 College Championship also ended in a tie, between Steven Beiver and Brian Chan, and Steven Beiver gave the correct response to the clue and earn a spot in the finals.

^3 Kevin ended up with $0 going into the Day Two Final Jeopardy!, and ineligible to play. He was kept to have his first day score tabulated for purposes of the final score in the two day total dollars format.

Stanford University is the only college to have two winners.

As of 2012, the College Championship no longer rerun episodes during the summer sweeps period.


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