1-Week Policy Debate Program


Residential Program: July 28 – August 3, 2019; Tuition: $1,450




1 Week Faculty – Summer 2018

Tara Tate Carr, assistant coach at Glenbrook South High School

Katie Gjerpen Weston, Head Debate Coach at Niles North High School

The 1-week Debate Institute at Northwestern offers an overview instruction in Policy Debate; suggested for beginners. Students who are making the switch from another debate event to Policy Debate have also found this program particularly helpful.

Students will receive lectures on the annual Policy Debate topic, the basics of research and Policy Debate strategy, and will engage in practice debates with the same high-quality judging of the longer programs.


I loved being in a college-like setting, and having the ability to engage in educated discussions with others. I feel like I was able to learn a lot during the week because of the mature setting that Northwestern provided.”

1-week Policy Debate applicants are not eligible to apply for financial aid through the NHSI.



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