Published on April 27, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Award-winning debaters help lead the institute
Award-winning debaters help lead the institute

Samford University’s Debate Institute will be presented all-online June 22-July 3, offering an intensive debate schedule with guidance by a national-caliber staff. The online format and significant cost reductions over the traditional residential experience make the institute not only more accessible, but also up-to-date in terms of how pandemic quarantines may shape the future of debate.

Multiple scheduling options allow even more flexibility:
Public Forum Institute Option 1: June 22-26
Public Forum Institute Option 2: June 29-July 3
Policy & Lincoln-Douglas Institute: June 22-July 3
The Debate Institute application and deposit deadline is June 15. Learn more and apply here!


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.