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Dear prospective Augustana debater,

Augustana College is known for having one of the longest-running and most active programs in the history of debate. The first debate clubs were created a mere three days after the College was founded. Throughout the years, Augustana has remained committed to debate, and I welcome you to consider joining this proud tradition.

  • Since the tournament was founded in 1947, Augustana has qualified teams 51 times to the prestigious National Debate Tournament. Augustana has appeared in the final round of the NDT three times, winning the tournament twice. Throughout the years, hard working students and a determined coaching staff have made these accomplishments possible.
  • Debate is excellent preparation for college life and beyond. The Augustana debate coaching staff is committed to helping you improve your research, public speaking, critical thinking and time management skills. Augustana debaters are known for maintaining exceptionally high grade point averages and receiving 100% placement to graduate and professional schools.
  • The College provides the program with a generous budget that allows us to travel to national and regional competitions in Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Texas. Unlike many other programs, Augustana opens these travel opportunities to students with all levels of experience. ·
  • We have $2,500 talent scholarships for debate that are renewable for up to four years. This money can be packaged as part of a merit or financial need scholarship package from the College.

At Augustana, we participate in the National Debate Tournament/Cross Examination Debate Association. NDT/CEDA is the closest type of debate to high school policy and cross examination debate. Even if you have experience in Lincoln Douglas, Congress or Mock Trial, making the switch to policy debate is a comfortable transition. Augustana debate welcomes a wide range of students, some with no prior experience and others who have been top speakers at high school national championship tournaments.

The Augustana approach recognizes motivation as key. If you want to debate in a small-school environment, we have all the resources to help you succeed. There is no debate audition required to be a member of the team. Anyone who is committed to the work and travel schedule is welcome to be part of the team.

As a graduate of a large state university, I appreciate how debate in a liberal arts environment can be a very rewarding experience. I'd like the opportunity to tell you more about Augustana. Please call the Office of Admissions to schedule a campus visit at (800) 798-8100 so that you can meet the team and tour our facilities.

Max Archer

Director of Debate

(309) 794-7717


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