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APPE IEB® National Competition

The 27th Annual Association For Practical And Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl® was held in Portland, Oregon, on March 4 and 5, 2023.

Congratulations to the U.S. Naval Academy for winning the competition!

Thirty-six student teams from institutions of higher learning across the country competed in matches using a set of prepared cases that are drawn from real-life examples in education, business, life, and politics. Nearly 150 teams from more than 100 schools competed in regional competitions this fall to earn a berth to the national competition.

This year’s national cases included topics such as alcohol sales at the 2022 World Cup, tattoo copyright infringement, the cost of panda conservation, campus Free Speech Zones, racial biases in reality TV competitions, forced retirements, and more. Judges asked probing questions and evaluated the teams’ efforts to analyze the case’s issues in a clear, focused and thoughtful manner, and helped students understand and appreciate different perspectives from their own.

The national competition is held in conjunction with APPE’s annual conference each year. In 2024, the competition will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Cincinnati at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.

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2023 National Competition Cases

A team of case writers works on cases throughout the summer and fall. Students have approximately two months to prepare for the competition, which will use these cases.

2023 Teams

Congratulations to the qualifying teams:

Boston College
California State University
Colorado School of Mines
DePauw University
Fordham University
Georgia Military College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Macalester College
Oakland University
Ohio Northern University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma State University
Rollins College
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Seattle University
Snow College
Stanford University
Taylor University
Tufts University
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Baltimore
University of California San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

University of Florida
University of Lynchburg
University of Maryland
University of Mississippi
University of North Georgia
University of the Incarnate Word
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Virginia Military Institute
Whitworth University
William and Mary
Youngstown State University


Sign up to be a volunteer at the 2024 competition in Cincinnati or the regional competitions as a moderator or judge.

Event Schedule (2023)

Saturday, March 4

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

8:00 p.m.: Round Three Matches

Sunday, March 5

9:00 a.m.: Round Four Matches

10:45 a.m.: Announcements

1:00 p.m.: Quarterfinals

2:30 p.m.: Semi-Finals

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

Final Match

You can see the 2023 National Championship match between the U.S. Naval Academy and Tufts University, as well as 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.