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The National Symposium for Debate (www.nsdebate.org and www.nsdupdate.com) is a two week Lincoln-Douglas debate institute held at the University of Minnesota on the West Bank Campus in Minneapolis. Our curriculum is explicitly geared towards preparing students for success at the national level, irrespective of prior experience. Come join the finest staff in the country in Minneapolis!

Students and staff travel traveling by air are advised to fly to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and make reservations in advance for round trip SuperShuttle service for Middlebrook Hall, the NSD residence hall. Travel to and from the airport for NSD is at student and staff expense. Click on Travel for complete travel information.

NSD begins accepting applications as soon as dates are announced and stops when full. Full payment by check is due when the application is submitted. The last day to submit an application is May 1. Applications received after May 1 will not be considered. Click on Apply for complete application information.


The phone number to call NSD in an emergency or to let us know about travel difficulties is 330-979-8107. Students should enter this number in their phone contacts before traveling to NSD. We answer emails from parents throughout camp, and ask that non emergency questions be sent to us in that manner. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.