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.
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.