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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.