Joining KU Debate

An Adventure In Competition, Learning, and Life!

KU Debate offers students the opportunity to compete in intercollegiate NDT/CEDA policy debate.  Students compete as two person teams at tournaments across the country during both the fall and spring semesters.  KU competes in approximately 20 tournaments a season traveling from coast to coast.  The debate team also sponsors and participates in audience debates on and off campus.

KU Debate alums have found intercollegiate policy debate to be preparation for life, whether that means a career focused on the classroom, the boardroom, or the courtroom. The rigorous training that intercollegiate debate instills serves graduates for life. Read more...

Part of the Family

Being part of the debate team at KU is more than just participating in an extra-curricular activity. It's like being part of a large extended family. KU debaters are the benefices of a long tradition in debate and forensic activities dating back over three quarters of a century. Alumni are an important part of our family, but so are the faculty who work with us, the coaching staff, and the debaters themselves, who live, work, and socialize together. "You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer bunch of people to work and travel with," says former Assistant Coach, Kevin Minch. "Our debaters are genuinely friendly. They care about each other and their work. It shows in their performance and the way they work together."



KU Debate has a record of success unmatched in American debate. KU has qualified more teams to the National Debate Tournament than any other debate program in America. It has had fourteen "Final Four" appearances and won five national titles.

KU debaters have gone on to success after college as well. KU Debate alumni include lawyers, legislators, former state and federal attorney generals, prosecutors, and Justice Department officals, financiers, teachers, professors, artists, doctors, and civic leaders. 


KU debaters travel widely -- regardless of their class level. In the past few years, KU debate has criss-crossed the nation, from California to New York, from Texas to Illinois. Debaters drive in University vans or fly to their destinations all at the team's expense. Students do not pay for travel or for competition at KU. 


KU debaters have access to their own working space in KU's Bailey Hall. The team's squadroom is equipped with computers, a laser printer, a photocopier, and all of the equipment necessary to produce quality briefs. Students can always use the squadroom as a place to hang out, do homework, search Lexis-Nexis, and check their latest e-mail messages.

Coming to KU

If you are thinking about attending KU, you'll want to make the necessary arrangements to visit the campus, talk to admissions, meet with the coaching staff, and visit academic departments.

If you wish to make a campus visit and meet the members of the team and staff, please email at least two weeks in advance. E-Mail can be directed to sharris@ku.eduYou can also take a tour of the KU campus.

If you're already a KU student, call or stop by our offices in the sub-basement of Bailey Hall. We'd be happy to talk to you.

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