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Policy Debate for Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors –

6 Week Program – June 27th – August 8th, 2015; $6199
4 Week Program – July 11th – August 8th, 2015; $4999
1 Week Program – July 3rd – July 10th, 2015; $1250

Public Forum debate for all levels-

2 Week Program – June 27th – July 10th, 2015; $2400


The Northwestern Debate Institute is an unequaled living-learning experience for high school debaters.  The institute will provide an intensive and comprehensive summer debate experience that will prepare debaters for next season and beyond.  Northwestern University’s Debate Team has an unparalleled record of success based on the foundations, fundamentals and techniques taught at the Northwestern Debate Institute.  Learn the debate principles that led to 14 NDT championships, 16 final round appearances, 6 top speakers a record of success unmatched in college debate.  Come join our program for rising Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors to learn with and debate against the best competition in the country.  Alumni of the Northwestern Debate Institute have gone on to win every major high school tournament.

The limited lab size and low student to staff ratio throughout our program ensure that every student receives a personalized and engaged institute experience.  Lab environments are designed to create the collegial atmosphere that allows intellectual risk taking and for students to truly explore the life of the mind.  Debaters leaving the Northwestern Debate Institute have the best chance to excel as they return to their own high schools, having learned the upcoming topic and skills from the finest instructors around the country as well as those from the unsurpassed Northwestern University Debate Society.

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National Debate Tournament CHAMPIONS
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National Debate Tournament TOP SPEAKERS
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1989 • 1973 • 1968 • 1966 • 1962

Northwestern is the “winningest” debate society in National Debate Tournament history with 14 titles.

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