KU Debate


2019 Debate Squad

2019 Season Highlights

  • #1 Program in the Country in CEDA Overall Sweepstakes Rankings
  • National Debate Tournament Final Four
  • CEDA National Tournament Runner Up
  • Top Speaker at National Debate Tournament

  • 3 Teams qualified for National Debate Tournament


2018 National Champions


2018 Season Highlights

  • National Debate Tournament Champions
  • Winner of Copeland Award as #1 ranked individual team in the country
  • #2 ranked squad in NDT Varsity Debate Rankings
  • Winner of National Junior Division Debate Tournament Championship
  • Winner of Wake Forest Tournament
  • Winner of University of Kentucky Tournament
  • Winner of Georgia State University Tournament
  • Winner of University of Texas at Dallas Tournament





A tradition of excellence

Debate is one of the oldest activities on KU's campus. The first debate on campus was held on November 8, 1867.

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, 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
  • 6 NDT championships
  • 16 NDT final fours
  • 53 consecutive years qualifying for the NDT
  • #1 in NDT varsity rankings in 2015, 2008 and 2006
  • 7 final fours in Cross Examination Debate Association national championship tournament since 1998





Upcoming Events

2020 Debate Camp
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RT @KUCollege : Congratulations to @KansasDebate duo Nate Martin and Nick Massa, who went 8-0 at the D3 District qualifying tournament hoste…