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.
- #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