KU Debate

2016 National Runner Up-- finishing 2nd to Harvard at National Debate Tournament

2015 finished #1 in the country in NDT Varsity Debate Rankings

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
  • 5 NDT championships
  • 15 NDT final fours
  • 49 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 2016 Debating Jayhawks:

  •  Was national runner up at the National Debate Tournament
  •  Won the National Junior Division National Championship
  •  Qualified 3 teams for the National Debate Tournament
  •  Finished 5th in the country in the NDT Varsity Debate Rankings


Upcoming Events

2018 Debate Camp
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