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New York University
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New York, NY
Current President or Coach Andrea Ladino, Nat Ku
National championships None
NAQT Page link

New York University (NYU) is a private university whose main campus is located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The team, nicknamed the Violets, is active in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regional circuits and regularly hosts collegiate tournaments.


NYU has a long history of competition in collegiate quiz bowl events. In the 1959–60 season, NYU played four games in the televised rounds of College Bowl, beating Dartmouth (215–145), UNC Chapel Hill (230–120), and Oklahoma (170–150) before losing to Colgate (95–140). The four games were broadcast on consecutive weeks (March 20, March 27, April 3 and April 10, 1960). In the 1969–70 season, they once again qualified for the televised rounds but lost their first and only game to UConn, 165–345. [1]

NYU continued playing College Bowl events until 2002. NYU won College Bowl's Regional Championship (for ACUI Region 3) in 1986–87, 1997–98, and 2001–02, and finished third in 1985–86, 1999–2000 and 2000–01.[2] NYU qualified for the National Championship in 1997–98, when they finished 14th with a 2-13 record, and 2001–02, when they finished 11th with a 6-9 record. [3]

Beginning in the late 1980s, NYU regularly took part in and hosted collegiate quiz bowl tournament outside the College Bowl circuit. The second issue of Buzzer, a early newsletter for the quiz bowl community, notes that NYU participated in a tournament at University of Maryland during the Fall 1987 semester, where they finished outside the top four.

The earliest known tournament held at New York University was the NYU Invitational in Fall 1988. The exact date is unknown, but since other tournaments were scheduled for mid-November (Terrapin Invitational at Maryland) and "winter" (Nittany Lions Invitational at Penn State and Wisconsin Invitational at UW-Madison), it is presumed the tournament took place in September, October or early November. An NYU Invitational was also held in Fall 1989.

In National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) competition, the NYU team won Division II of NAQT Sectionals 2000-2001, held at Boston University, and thus qualified for ICT, where they finished 20th in a field of 24 teams.

NYU won the 2012 NAQT SCT Region 3 (Division II) hosted at Princeton University and thus qualified for ICT. An NYU team comprised of Mirza Ahmed, Jason Lai, Max Stivers, Katrina Van Laan and Michael Zhuang finished runner-up at ICT (Division II), losing the final to Harvard.

An NYU team composed of Mirza Ahmed, Yogest Raut, and Douglas Yetman also won the college division of the 2012 Ridgewood Summer Invitational.

In 2013, NYU finished in second place at NAQT SCT (Region 1) at MIT and went on to a ninth-place finish at Division I ICT. In their first appearance at ACF Nationals, NYU finished 18th in a field of 36 teams, in what was to be the last tournament for A team players Yogesh Raut, Jason Lai, and Michael Zhuang.

Nationals Results

ACF Nationals Division I ICT Division II ICT
2001 20th
2012 2nd
2013 18th 9th
2014 13th
2015 27th 14th
2017 29th 19th 17th
2018 31st 11th 18th
2019 38th
2023 44th

Current players

  • Jake Antonez
  • Claire Bai
  • Mitch Baron
  • Ruchir Bodicherla
  • Justin Chen
  • Antonio Criste
  • Eleanor Dobbles
  • Jeff Guan
  • Lucas Hsu
  • Sunjay Jayaram
  • Nate Kang
  • Colm Kilcoin
  • Nat Ku
  • Ryan Li
  • Ella Malabanan
  • Manny Malhotra
  • Luke McCrory
  • Zane Rasmussen
  • Josie Sedam
  • Siddharth Shastry
  • Rishi Sondhi
  • Will Steger
  • Annie Williams
  • Zerui Yuan
  • Edward Zhou

Notable former players