KU Debate

A tradition of excellence for over 100 years

KU Debate at the National Debate Tournament in 2009

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, whether you read the latest articles in the Press Room, 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
  • 43 consecutive years qualifying for the NDT
  • #1 in NDT varsity rankings in 2008 and 2006
  • 5 final fours in Cross Examination Debate Association national championship tournament since 1998


  • Scott Harris
  • Debate Coach
  • 1440 Jayhawk Blvd
  • Bailey Hall room 102
  • Lawrence, KS 66045
  • 785-864-9878
  • sharris@ku.edu

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