The 1993 Panasonic Academic Challenge featured 39 states, D.C., and three territories. The Torrey Pines team won in the finals by a one-point margin over Maryland.
- Dan Paskowitz became the first player in tournament history to be named for a second "All-American" team.
Participating students were polled on various political issues.
55% opposed deploying U.S. troops to Bosnia and 52% were against supplying clean needles to drug users. 63% supported distributing condoms in high schools, but only 36% wanted condoms distributed in junior high schools. 56% believed that a cure for AIDS would be found in their lifetime. 54% supported a federally funded health care plan, with 81% supporting the inclusion of mental and dental health. 25% wanted to legalize drugs, but 32% wanted to increase penalties for drug crimes. 44% of respondents disapproved of President Clinton's performance, 31% approved, and 25% were undecided. 53% wanted the First Lady to have an official role in government. 62% were in favor of the federal government stimulating economic growth. 45% were opposed to the cloning of extinct species, with 39% in favor. 49% wanted government regulation of genetic engineering, and 43% did not. 58% wanted to balance protection of jobs versus protection of the environment, while 26% wanted to protect the environment only and 13% jobs only. 66% opposed FCC regulation over the content of movies, while 22% supported it. 60% opposed content regulations on government-subsidized art, and 32% supported them. 44% said Japanese is the most important foreign language for Americans to learn. The press release also noted that "several students suggested all Americans start by learning English."