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National Rankings for College Model United Nations

National Rankings Overview

Our comprehensive national rankings analysis provides insights into the performance and achievements of college Model UN teams. Here are some key highlights:

  • We ranked the top 15 performing teams and will also release the next ten delegations that should be considered ranked 16-25 in no particular order.
  • Teams in the top 15 attended an average of eight conferences in 2023-2024.
  • Teams that attended more conferences did not necessarily do better in our rankings.
  • The top ten teams all attended four of the same conferences (except when hosting the conference).

Rankings Methodology

Comparing Large and Small Delegation Sizes

Comparing and ranking delegation sizes at conferences continues to be the most challenging quantitative obstacle when creating a ranking system. Over the last twenty years, conferences have overcome this challenge by creating two categories of team awards: Large Delegations and Small Delegations. Each conference independently determines the threshold for a large and small delegation, but the consensus seems to be driven by two variables. Large delegations tend to have 16 delegates or more on one team, or the large/small cutoff is determined by the average size of delegates per team at a conference. This works well at the conference level. At the national ranking level, it is not feasible to use the same approach because teams bring a combination of large and small delegations to various conferences throughout the year.

To best solve this problem, our national ranking system borrows from other activities, such as cross country, that must score relatively large and small teams to each other. Our underlining methodology compares the top eight finished each team achieves at each conference they attend. In theory, we believe that competitive collegiate Model UN teams should be able to field a team of at least eight high-level delegates. When developing our system, we experimented with four, six, ten, twelve, and sixteen delegates, which dramatically changed the results. Ultimately, we selected eight for two main reasons. First, Model UN is a cost-intensive activity. Not every collegiate team has financial support from their university or college. Additionally, teams often must fly coast-to-coast to compete. We did not want to put an additional financial burden on schools to travel with larger teams for better rankings. Second, our rankings look to disincentive teams from bringing four to six delegates to conferences to solely try to manipulate ratio calculations for conference delegation awards.

This methodology is not foolproof. Its rightful criticisms include discounting awards won beyond the first eight highest finishes and encouraging teams to bring only eight of the school’s highest-level Model UN delegates, taking opportunities away from more students to travel. We prioritized transparency in our calculations ahead of the weight of criticism in the methodology.

We reserve the right to update our methodology if we find a better solution in the future.

Awards Data

Model United Nations is not a centralized activity. We rely on conferences to supply accurate awards data in a timely manner so that their conference may influence national rankings. For the 2023-2024 season, our rankings include awards from CMUNNY, MUNE, TrojanMUN, UPMUNC, McMUN, HNMUN, UCBMUN, VICS, CHOMUN, LAMUN, NYUMUNC, and &MUN. We will include any conference that submits awards data to us by the rankings deadlines we establish.

Conference Delegation Awards

The National Model United Nations Rankings by All-American Model UN do not consider delegation awards given by conferences. Each conference should be empowered to reward teams based on their methodology. We applaud teams that win delegation awards at conferences but opt not to include them in the national rankings because each conference may use different methodologies.

Award Minimums per Conference

To discourage teams from bringing less than eight delegates on a conference team, a team must win at least five awards at a conference to be ranked for that conference. For example, a team that brings six delegates and wins three Outstanding awards should not be considered a better team than one that brings 10 delegates and wins five Honorable Mentions. We want to encourage teams to bring more students without making the financial requirement untenable.

Conference Minimums per Team

Our ranking system assumes that top Model UN teams compete in at least eight conferences each season. Teams do not need to attend eight or more conferences to be ranked. Teams that attend less than eight conferences will have their weighted conference point total divided by eight. For example, if a competitive team wins points from five conferences, the weighted point total will be divided by eight. If a team attends more than eight conferences, its weighted point total will be divided by the number of conferences it attends.

Individual Awards Points System

The point values assigned to Model UN awards do not dramatically impact the final rankings to the degree first anticipated. We experimented with various points systems to see to what degree points could influence rankings. The final rankings stay consistent if the margin between award points stays consistent. We did not see an impact until assigning large point differences between awards. For example, when assigning 10 points for Best Delegate, 5 points for Outstanding/Book, 2 for Honorable Mention, and 1 for Verbal Commendation, the final rankings would be substantially difference than a 4/3/2/1 point matrix.

Our rankings use the following award points:
Best Delegate: 5 Points
Outstanding Delegate or Book Award: 4 Points
Honorable Mention: 3 Points
Verbal Commendation: 2 Points

Ranking and Weighting Conferences

When first designing our ranking methodology, we attempted not to weight conferences. A high concentration of competitive schools attended each conference we included in our 2023-2024 ranking. Additionally, weighting conferences injures the school team hosting the conference. If Harvard National Model UN (HNMUN) is ranked as the hardest conference and carries the most weight in a set of rankings, it unnecessarily punishes the Harvard travel team because they cannot compete at their school’s conference.

Ultimately, we decided to weigh conferences in three tiers. After analyzing the data, we noticed that some teams acquired a significant number of points at conferences less attended by a high concentration of competitive teams. Tier 1 conferences had a weight of 1, Tier 2 conferences carried a weight of .9, and Tier 3 conferences carried a weight of .8.

Tier 1 Conferences: NCSC, McMUN, HNMUN, ChoMUN
Tier 2 Conferences: BarMUN, TrojanMUN, UCBMUN, LAMUN, VICS
Tier 3 Conferences: CMUNNY, MUNE, VICS, NYUMUNC, &MUN

National Model UN Rankings

Check back on July 1st to see North America’s top 15 collegiate Model UN teams!