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DU Debate Team

The Department of Communication Studies proudly sponsors the DU Debate Team, competing in CEDA/NDT policy debate. DU debate attracts high caliber students from majors across campus. We carefully maintain a balance of travel on regional and national circuits to encourage the development of newer debaters while maintaining our ability to compete at the highest national levels. To that end, we have successfully qualified a team for the NDT in each of the last three seasons.


A limited number of scholarships are also available for debaters, and while significant debate experience is preferred and encouraged, it is not necessary (though students without prior experience should discuss their goals and interests with the Director of Forensics well in advance of their application). 

To apply for a debate scholarship, please send the following information to Daniel Lair, Director of Forensics:

  • A letter of application stating your interest and goals in participating in debate at DU. In this letter, include a statement of what kinds of time commitments you are willing to make.
  • A debate resume outlining your debate accomplishments.
  • A letter of recommendation from your high school (or other) debate coach under a separate cover letter.

Materials should be submitted by April 15 to:
Darrin Hicks - Communication Studies
University of Denver
2000 East Asbury Avenue, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80208

For additional information, contact Darrin Hicks.