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Hoosier Policy Debate

IU debate is highly interested in recruiting debaters with high school policy debate experience for the 2014-2015 season. Incoming debaters will take advantage of an exciting time in IU debate history. After hosting both the 2014 National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship tournaments, we are continuing our development of the hoosier debate team into a consistently competitive national policy squad. Indiana's geographic location as well as the support from the University guarantees a national travel schedule. All we need is motivated students like yourself to help us grow.

The educational opportunities at Indiana University, a Big 10 university, with top ranked programs in The College of Arts and Sciences, SPEA, and the Kelley School of business are immense. Incoming freshmen debaters, as leaders in the program, will be treated to a travel schedule that spans the nation. Our qualified coaching staff, with annual additions of graduate teaching assistants, will assure that you are provided with the time needed for a regimen of one-on-one skill building exercises to help you transition into one of the top collegiate debaters in the country.

Limited four-year scholarship opportunities are available and will be offered to qualified applicants. Please see the "Scholarship's Tab" on the left. Interested debaters should contact Brian DeLong as soon as possible. Indiana also provides several opportunities for a large contingency of automatic merit based grants and scholarships for incoming students. More opportunities are available depending on your major of interest including application to the honor college. Please be aware of deadlines!!! IU Achivement Scholarship deadline is November 1st!

Interested high school seniors and juniors are encouraged to schedule a campus visit to see our beautiful campus as well as to meet the coaches and team.

Squad Room, SPEA, and College of Arts and Sciences Support:

IU Debate's squad room is currently housed in the SPEA building in room 324. We are financially supported by the prestigious and highly ranked School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the College of Arts and Sciences and their 70+ departments and programs!

Students are highly encouraged to look into the stellar undergraduate degree programs located in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as SPEA.

College of Arts and Science
The practice of debate produces well-rounded liberal arts students who question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. The skills and knowledge acquired with thepractice of debate is fundamentally in line with the 70+ degree programs and departments in the COAS. Please click here for a full list of programs of degree programs provided by The College. Debaters may be interested in some of these particular programs (shortened list):

African American and African Diaspora Studies

American Studies

Communication and Culture Economics
Gender Studies

International Studies


Political Science


Incoming freshmen COAS students will have several scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships are COAS specific while others are academic program specific. Please see the COAS website on selective scholarships here for more information.

The School of Public and Environment Affairs

SPEA is an exciting indersciplinary school dedicated to issues of governance, policy, and environment. Majors include: Policy Analysis, Legal Studies, Management Major, Public and Nonprofit Management Major. Click here for a flyer on degree options and description on where a major in SPEA can take you!

Direct admission benefits - In SPEA, direct admit students are eligible for an additional $5,000 in scholarship funds. Please note the write up located here:

"The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) proudly offers the SPEA Direct Admission Scholarship. The SPEA Direct Admission Scholarship is a $5,000 award per academic year, disbursing as a $2,500 award for each fall and spring semester at IU Bloomington. Only completed Selective Scholarship Applications will be reviewed by the SPEA Direct Admit Scholarship committee, and SPEA will communicate scholarship decisions via email in early March. If scholarship recipients remain in good standing, both academically and non-academically, as well as enroll in and complete at least nine credit hours of SPEA coursework with the fall and spring semesters, the scholarship will be eligible for renewal for up to four total years of undergraduate study and a maximum award amount of $20,000.
An advantage of being eligible for Direct Admission to SPEA is working with a SPEA advisor early on to begin formulating which special SPEA programs may be available to you. Overseas study, a semester internship in Washington D.C., multiple internship opportunities, and an accelerated Master's degree are just a few of the programs available."

Other Opportunities

IU debate has other opportunities for debate enthusiasts to be apart of our squad. If the time and dedication needed to be apart of the travelling competitive team proves too time consuming, we are always looking for interested individuals who wish to engage in public debates, assist with tournament preparation and hosting. More information and opportunities for being apart of the debate culture can be found by contacting Mr. DeLong.

Is college debate for you?

Dr. Allan Louden of Wake Forest debate fame provides interesting questions and points on whether college debate is the right choice for you: http://www.wcdebate.com/7others/78louden.htm

Indiana University

Brian DeLong SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 856-7585

Last updated: 04 November 2014
Comments: brdelong@indiana.edu