This is a list of colleges and universities known to have intercollegiate speech and debate programs. You can search for a particular type of program, or even what colleges in a state have programs. Just use the “add filters” selection. To search for schools that have a certain kind of event (say, all college speech teams), put a checkmark in the box.
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- IE = Individual Events (Speech)
- NFA-LD = National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 1-person policy debate with a yearly resolution.
- Parli = Generally faculty-driven (although some programs are student-driven) parli debate with less emphasis on speed and policy theory.
- NPDA = Generally faculty-driven (although some programs are student-driven) parli debate with a greater emphasis on speed and policy theory.
- APDA = Generally student-driven parli debate with less emphasis on speed and policy, and a greater emphasis on delivery.
- IPDA = International Public Debate Association – Extemporaneous debate in both 1-person and 2-person (team) formats.
- Policy = 2 on 2 debate on the same resolution. Schools are members of either CEDA, NDT, or similar organizations.
- BP = British Parli – More of a world’s style parli; 4 2-person teams compete.
- NEDA = National Educational Debate Association. More delivery-oriented debate; speed actively discouraged.
- PF = Public Forum – There are a few tournaments that have begun offering this type of debate which is active in high schools.
- RT = Readers’ Theater – A group interpretation performance. Typically done at junior colleges; there are some four-year schools that also do RT.