The Best College Model UN Teams: Overview

by KFC on March 23, 2011

The Best Delegate team has visited many college conferences this year and we got to compare and contrast – and blog about – each one. During our travels, we often hear debate about rankings from competitive delegates representing rival teams. So which is the best college Model UN team in the world?

We decided to answer that question and will be releasing our Best College Model UN Teams standings. We had to divide the college circuit up into two divisions to reflect two collegiate circuits – the explanation can be found here. We’re releasing the Best College Model UN Teams World Division standings (as of March 21st, 2011) for colleges in the top 16-25 on March 24th and will be releasing the Top 30 Best College Model UN Teams National Division standings shortly before NMUN. Check back tomorrow to see which colleges made the list!

In the meantime, you can learn more below if you’re curious as to why we decided to publish standings or want to find out about the divisions and our methodology.

Purpose of Standings

Our goal for visiting conferences around the country is to write about Model UN, promote the activity, and connect its participants, but in the process we did collect a lot of awards data and first-hand observations that can help us address the question that college students ask us: what are the best college teams in the world?

Answering these questions has many benefits. Information is decentralized in Model UN and participants are understandably curious about other conferences and teams – and how they compare. A top five power ranking of college teams in the United States does exist on the website, but it seems like college delegates are looking for more. Even high school delegates are curious, especially if they want to continue participating in Model UN as a delegate in college. And knowing the top teams helps all colleges – the top colleges can publicize their success, and the other teams can identify the top teams and observe what makes them good.

It is for the reasons above that we decided to put together the list of best college Model UN teams. Despite our name, we do not believe awards are the ultimate purpose of Model UN — awards are merely indicators of success in a learning process that will hopefully help students find their passion, become a leader of tomorrow, and change the world. We mention this in our About page and in our How to Win Awards guide. Therefore, our intent for the lists is not to foster competition but rather to provide information worthy of discussion and debate.

Divisions and Methodology

How did we divide up the college circuit into two divisions and what methodology did we use to come up with our standings? You can read all about it here.

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