Facts & Stats

Kansas at the National Debate Tournament

The NDT is the longest running national debate championship tournament that began at West Point in 1947. It is an annual championship tournament that individual teams must qualify to attend. A history of the National Debate Tournament

  • KU has qualified teams to the NDT for 49 consecutive years, every year since 1968
  • KU has won the NDT 5 times (2009, 1983, 1976, 1970, 1954)
  • KU was the national runner up at the NDT in 2016
  • KU has reached the final four at the NDT 15 times (2016, 2009, 1999, 1994, 1983, 1979, 1977, 1976, 1973, 1971, 1970, 1960, 1954, 1948)
  • KU has received 36 first round at large bids to the NDT.  First Round bids to the NDT go to individual teams ranked in the top 16 teams in the country.  KU earned first round bids in 2015, 2014, 2012 (two teams; fifth ranked), 2011 (two teams in the top 10), 2010 (two teams), 2009 (second ranked), 2008 (two teams; fifth ranked), 2007 (third ranked), 2006, 2005,  2000 (fifth ranked), 1999 (third ranked), 1998 (two teams), 1997, 1994, 1993, 1989 (two teams), 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982 (first ranked), 1979, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974 (second ranked), and 1973.
  • KU is in the top 5 in the country in number of teams advancing to elimination rounds at the NDT.  In recent years KU teams have qualified for elimination rounds in 2015, in 2014 - 2 teams cleared, 2012 - 2 teams cleared, (Elite Eight and Sweet 16), in 2011 - 2 teams cleared, (4-3 loss to NDT champion from Northwestern in Sweet 16), in 2010 - 2 teams cleared, (loss to NDT champion from Northwestern in Sweet 16), in 2009 - (NDT Champion, Top seed), 2008 - 2 teams cleared, (Elite Eight and Sweet 16), in 2007 - 2 teams cleared, (Elite Eight 2nd seed, and sweet 16), in 2006 - (Sweet 16), in 2005 (Sweet 16).

 

Kansas in the NDT National Final Varsity Debate Rankings

Each year the National Debate Tournament ranks debate programs based on points accumulated by teams competing for squads throughout the season. KU has consistently finished among the top ranked varsity debate programs in the country.  In the past 19 years KU has finished in the top 10 in the National rankings 15 times and finished in the top 5 for 9 of the past 10 years.  KU has won the national varsity ranking championship 3 times.

 

  • 2016 - 5th
  • 2015 - 1st
  • 2014 - 3rd
  • 2012 - 5th
  • 2011 - 5th
  • 2010 - 5th
  • 2009 - 5th
  • 2008 - 1st
  • 2007  - 5th
  • 2006 - 1st
  • 2005 - 8th
  • 2004 - 5th
  • 2000 - 5th
  • 1999 - 2nd
  • 1998 - 4th
  • 1997 - 4th

Kansas at the Cross Examination Debate Association Championship Tournament

Since the 1996 NDT/CEDA merger KU has competed at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship Tournament. KU has qualified multiple teams to elimination rounds every season since 1996 and reached the national semifinals 7 times.

  • 2015 National runner up
  • 2011 3rd Place
  • 2010 3rd Place
  • 2008 National runner up
  • 2007 3rd Place
  • 1999 3rd Place
  • 1998 3rd Place

Kansas at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament

The NJDDT is a national championship tournament for debaters in their first two years of college debate. KU has won the NJDDT 11 times.

  • 2016 - National Champion
  • 2015 - National Champion
  • 2014 - National Champion
  • 2013 -  3rd Place
  • 2012 - National Champion
  • 2010 - National Champion
  • 2009 - National Champion and 2nd Place
  • 2008 - National Champion and 3rd Place
  • 2007 - National Champion and 3rd Place
  • 2006 - National Champion and 2nd Place
  • 2005 - 2nd Place and 3rd Place
  • 2004 - National Champion
  • 2003 - 3rd Place
  • 1996 - National Champion
  • 1990 - 2nd Place
  • 1986 - 3rd Place
  • 1984 - National Champion

 


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