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Join the Liberty Debate Team

Be part of a full squad competitive debate team with a legacy of over 25 years of championship policy debate. Benefit from our full-time coaching staff and travel throughout the school year. Learn everything you need to join LU Debate and compete with a winning team at LU Debate Week. 

Tuition scholarships are available for eligible first-year college debaters with or without experience, and returning junior varsity and varsity debaters.

Here, you’ll also learn graduate-level research and presentation skills that will prepare you for your future. Get trained in critical thinking and argument strategy, and gain practical communication skills.

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Current Success
  • #1 in the American Debate Association (ADA)
  •  #2 in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA)
Current Success
  • 6 Final Round Appearances
  • 28 Elimination Rounds Appearances
  • 4 First Speaker Wins
Current Success
  • 324 Debate Rounds
  • 4 Tournament Wins
  • 30 Speaker Awards

Travel With the Debate Team 

The competitive debate season spans the entire academic year, so you can expect to travel multiple times each semester. All travel expenses are covered by LU Debate.

Season Schedule

Places We Travel:

  • George Mason University
  • University of Kentucky
  • United States Military Academy West Point
  • Harvard University

What Debate Team Alumni Are Saying

Andrew Landrum, JD
Debate has introduced me to a world of people, cultures, and ideas that have helped shape who I am. It has shown me that learning critical thinking and complex problem-solving isn’t just found in the classroom.
Dr. Amanda Koch
There is nothing like competitive debate to encourage deep research and sharp thinking while also building empathy with other viewpoints.
Dr. Zach Gautier
My experience doing college debate at Liberty was so practical in refining the key skills that I’ve needed in my career - critical thinking, research, writing, speaking, and the ability to see both sides of an issue. It also allowed me to manage the rigors of my master’s and doctoral work.  


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