The team moved up one spot from last year’s fifth place ranking, and continues to be the highest ranked team in Florida and the highest ranked team from a public university.
The University of Chicago, Georgetown University and Harvard University took the top three spots respectively.
“This past year was a great success. We traveled to a total of eight competitions — the most that we’ve ever traveled to — and finished in the top five of almost every competition,” said Ethan Roberts, director of the FIU Model UN team. “We placed second at the Harvard National Model United Nations, the most competitive conference in the collegiate circuit. But even better than that, we were able to expand our membership and take on a record number of freshmen. We’re excited to have our delegates return next year with new experiences, focus and commitment to excellence.”
The FIU Model UN team had impressive showings at National Collegiate Security Conference, where they tied with West Point for third overall delegation points; University of North Carolina Model United Nations Conference, where they won Outstanding Large Delegation; and Columbia Model United Nations in New York, where they won Best Small Delegation. In addition, they finished top four overall at University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference, and defended their Outstanding Large Delegation award at Harvard National Model United Nations.
“We are delighted to have our Model UN team move up again in this year’s final college rankings,” said John F. Stack, Jr., executive director of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “It’s a testament to the team’s hard work and commitment to competing against the country’s best.”
FIU Model UN is a political science course that provides an interactive environment engrossing students in different aspects of political and international affairs. It is supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Green School and Student Government Association.