College Bowl

Purina logoSince 1985, the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the following areas: food science and technology, the history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia. The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities and provides a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.

Teams for IFTSA Student Chapters compete in area competitions within eight geographical areas, then the winning regional teams compete live in a final competition at IFT FIRST.


Each institution may draft one team. Teams should be made up of undergraduate and graduate members of IFT. Complete eligibility requirements are available in the competition guidelines document.

2022–2023 Competition Deadlines, Guidelines, and Roster Template

Deadline: February 1st, 2023

  • Fill out the team registration and submit 25 new questions via the online form

Key Updates for 2022–23 College Bowl:

  • New this year: Teams located outside of the contiguous United States may participate in a virtual regional competition. The winner of this competition will be invited to compete in the national competition
  • The rules have been updated to include alternatives if the College Bowl competition regionals and nationals are not able to occur in person.
  • Teams will submit a final roster one week before their regional competition. (See template below)
  • Teams may be composed of members of student chapters of IFT and IFT student members not affiliated with a chapter. Teams can include members from multiple chapters and non-affiliated members; however, each school may only be represented on one team and participants may only compete on one team. (Guidelines Section II (A))

See updated competition guidelines below for full details.


Submit your application   CBC Rules & Regulations   Team roster template (.xlsx)

Regional Competition Host Guidelines and Bid Form

College Bowl Regions

Learn about the schools represented in each region.

  • Delaware Valley University
  • Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville 
  • Wayne State University
  • Cornell University
  • McGill University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maine
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Brigham Young University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Idaho
  • Utah State University
  • Washington State University
  • California Polytechnic State 
  • University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)
  • California Polytechnic State
  • University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO)
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Chapman University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of Arizona
  • Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Querétaro
  • Louisiana State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – USIL (Peru)
  • Alabama A&M University
  • Clemson University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Puerto Rico


Each finalist team will receive a reimbursement for team travel to the IFT annual event up to $1,500. In addition to this reimbursement, the following prizes will be awarded.

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $750

2022 College Bowl Competition

National Champion
The Ohio State University, Midwest Area 

Cornell University, North Atlantic Area

2021 College Bowl Competition

National Champion
Cornell University

University of Maryland

2020 College Bowl Competition

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we were unable to hold the 2020 College Bowl competition.

2019 National Champion

National Champion
University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Central Area

The Ohio State University, Midwest Area

Competition Chair

Sam VanWees, University of Wisconsin-Madison