Welcome, new students! We are thrilled you are considering Liberty and our Debate Team. Novice Debate Week (Aug. 19-24) is open to anyone interested in learning the skill of Policy Debate.
Learn everything you need to join the LU Debate Team by moving into your dorm room a week early and connecting with the Debate coaches and current Debate team members.
Steps For Prospective Students
When we receive your application, we will send a follow-up letter with more details regarding the Novice Debate Week. Completing this form does not obligate you to join our team, but it will allow us to send you more information about Novice Debate Week as you make a final decision.
If you have questions, please call the Debate Office at (434) 582-2080 or email Jeannine Scorup at LUDebate@liberty.edu.
You must be a full-time, residential undergraduate to apply. You do not need previous debate experience to join our team. A majority of our debaters come to Liberty without having ever debated in high school and our coaching staff specializes in training new debaters.
While debate does require time and hard work, our debaters are able to balance school and debate while still finding time to enjoy college life. Debate is a co-curricular activity. The time you spend working with debate will enhance your performance in the classroom.
There is no cost to participate. Liberty University will assume the full cost of travel, including meals and lodging. Our debaters are also provided with laptops for as long as they remain members of the debate team.
Inquiries email to LUDebate@liberty.edu