Weber State Debate


What is Weber State Debate?

Weber State Debate, established in 1922, is the oldest and most competitive team at Weber State University. We are a co-curricular program housed in the Department of Communication but open to all students regardless of major. We specialize in academic policy debate, and our student-competitors regularly rank in the top 25 programs in the nation, often against the finest public and private universities.

What You Will Learn

With nearly 25 students traveling to compete per year, we are also the largest policy debate squad in the western United States. Our students learn advanced research, argumentative and rhetorical skills and are well-prepared to attend graduate or professional school after a minimum of a two-year commitment to the team. Our student-competitors come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels, and we regularly travel to a dozen regional and national tournaments. Student-competitors are required to be full-time students in good academic standing, to abide by our honor code requirements, to attend weekly meetings and practice sessions, complete research projects in a timely manner, travel to tournaments, and engage in community service hosting tournaments and professional conferences.

We regularly host tournaments for the home school, high school, and college debate communities, typically drawing more than 1,000 guests to campus per year. In 2012-2013 student-competitors will help host the 67th annual National Debate Tournament to be held at Weber State on the 90th birthday of the Weber Debate Team and 25 years after we last hosted this national event.


Scholarships are available. Pending good performance, they are renewable for up to four years. 


WSU Debate is the 2020 runner-up for the National Public Debate Award presented by the Cross-Examination Debate Association. Thank you to iDebate Rwanda, Wasatch Independent Debate League, Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts &Humanities, and the Weber State University Communication Department for continues support. Details about this prestigious honor can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2020 WSU debators for their achievements at this year's Cross-Examination Debate Association award ceremony.

Jordan Stephens, All-American and
National Debate Scholar - Cum Laude

Roey Sellouk, National Debate Scholar -
Summa Cum Laude

Zoe Thomae, National Debate Scholar - 
Magna Cum Laude

Mirinda Mcpherson, National Debate Scholar - 
Honorable Mention

Reilynn Olsen, National Debate Scholar - 
Honorable Mention

The full list for All-Americans and National Debate Scholars can be found here.

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