Applications for the Northwestern Debate Institute are now Live!
Policy Debate for Current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
6-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: June 29 – August 10, 2019; $7,000
4-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: June 29 – July 27, 2019; $5,275
1-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: July 28 – August 3, 2019; $1,450
Commuter Option for local residents
6-Week Policy Debate Commuter Program: June 29 – August 9, 2019; $5,600
4-Week Policy Debate Commuter Program: June 29 – July 26, 2019; $3,500
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 have led to 15 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.
Northwestern really helped me see why debate is so useful and helpful, and gave me the tools to be more successful and therefore find more enjoyment from it.”
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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Northwestern is the “winningest” debate society in the National Debate Tournament history with 15 titles.