Jeopardy! College Championship

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The Jeopardy! College Championship is a yearly tournament on the American television game show Jeopardy!. It features full-time undergraduate college students who have not yet gotten a degree.

The tournament plays like the Tournament of Champions and Teen Tournament. 15 contestants play in a two-week tournament. The first five games are the quarterfinals, with three new contestants each day. The winners of the five games move on to the semi-finals. The four losing contestants with the highest scores also move on as "wild card" players. If there is a tie at the end of a game, a Final Jeopardy!-type answer is given, and the first player to ring in with the correct response wins the game. If all three players have a score of zero, none of the contestants move on to the semi-finals, and another wild card spot is added. The next three games are the semi-final games. The three winners of the semi-finals move on to the finals. The last two games are the two-day finals. In both games, the contestants start with zero scores, and the contestants' final scores from the two days are added together to see who is the winner. The contestant with the highest score from the two days wins. The other two contestants win smaller cash prizes.

Prizes[change | change source]

Year(s) Finalists (guaranteed amounts) Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Winner Second place Third place
1989–1997 $25,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000
1998–1999 $15,000 $10,000 $2,500
2000–2002 $50,000
2003 $25,000 $15,000
2004–present $100,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000

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