Camp 2016

KU Debate

A tradition of excellence

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
  • 5 NDT championships
  • 14 NDT final fours
  • 48 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

The 2015 Debating Jayhawks:

  •  Won the NDT Varsity National Rankings Championship
  •  Won the National Junior Division National Championship
  •  Took 2nd place at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship tournament
  •  Qualified 3 teams for the National Debate Tournament
  •  Jyleesa Hampton won the Brian Johnston National Debater of the Year Award
  •  Scott Harris won the Brownlee Coach of the Year Award


Upcoming Events

2016 Debate Camp
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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
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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Congrats to KU debate senior Chris Carey on being a recipient of the KU Center for Sustainability's 2016 Sustainability Leadership Award!