KU Debate

A tradition of excellence for over 100 years

The University of Kansas has one of the richest collegiate debate traditions in the nation. KU has competed in intercollegiate debate since 1885 and has one of the most successful policy debate programs in the country.

We invite you to explore the proud history of KU Debate, whether you read the latest articles in the Press Room, browse one of our unique Alumni areas, or learn more about KU Debate Camps. You can even make a donation on-line. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

  • #1 among public universities in National Debate Tournament (NDT) appearances
  • 5 NDT championships
  • 14 NDT final fours
  • 43 consecutive years qualifying for the NDT
  • #1 in NDT varsity rankings in 2008 and 2006
  • 5 final fours in Cross Examination Debate Association national championship tournament since 1998

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times