Finishing in a 3rd place tie with Princeton in the national finals of the College Bowl, the Vassar team earned $2,500 for scholarship funding and a 15-volume set of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology for the Library from the tournament's sponsor. Representing the college in the final matches, broadcast on NBC television live from the Ohio State University campus, were Michael Church '84, Charles Lewis '87, Derek Wllentinsen '85 and (repeating a similar performance in the 1982 College Bowl) Charles Sperling '84 and David Thaler '84.