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APPE IEB® National Competition

The 28th Annual Association For Practical And Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® will be held in Cincinnati on February 24 and 25, 2024 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.

Thirty-six student teams from institutions of higher learning across the country will compete in matches using a set of prepared cases that are drawn from real-life examples in education, business, life, and politics. A team of case writers works on cases throughout the summer and fall and students have approximately two months to prepare for the competition. More than 200 teams from more than 150 schools compete in regional competitions each fall to earn a berth to the national competition.

The national competition is held in conjunction with APPE’s annual conference each year. In 2023, the competition was held in Portland, Oregon. The winning team was from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Information for competing teams:

  • Hotel information and reservations
  • National Competition Case Set (Download)
  • Program (Download)
  • Team members can attend the APPE Conference for free but must register; coaches receive a discount. See email from John Garcia for more information. There is limited availability in the early rounds for spectators.
  • Questions? Contact John Garcia, APPE IEB Chair, at
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2024 Teams

Cameron University
Carleton College
Coastal Carolina University
Colorado State University
DePauw University
Georgia Tech
Marion Military Institute
Northern Kentucky University
Oakland University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Ripon College

Rollins College
San Jose State University
Seattle University
Stanford University
Taylor University
Texas State University
The Citadel
Tufts University
U.S. Naval Academy
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Arkansas

University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of North Carolina
University of North Georgia
Utah Valley University
Vanderbilt University
Weber State University
Whitworth University
William & Mary
Yale University


Sign up to be a volunteer at the 2024 competition in Cincinnati on Feb. 24 and 25.

Event Schedule (Preliminary)

Saturday, February 24

1:00 p.m.: Team Check-In Opens

3:30 p.m.: Judge and Moderator Check-In

4:00 p.m: Volunteer Training

4:30 p.m.: Opening Plenary

5:00 p.m.: Round One Matches

6:30 p.m.: Round Two Matches

Sunday, February 25

9:00 a.m.: Round Three Matches

10:30 a.m.: Round Four Matches

Noon: Announcements

1:00 p.m.: Quarterfinals

2:30 p.m.: Semi-Finals

4:00 p.m.: Finals, Award Ceremony & Closing Reception

2023 Championship

You can see the 2023 National Championship match between the U.S. Naval Academy and Tufts University, as well as download the Case Set and the annual Awards Program.

In the News

Here are some recent media hits on the 2023 competition:

National ethics competition comes to Portland (Oregon Public Radio)
Listen in.

Portland finally landed a bowl game (Willamette Week)
Read it here.