Debate Team Ranked Eleventh in Nation

Dec. 22, 2016

by Afsha Bawany

UNLV's Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum (the UNLV Debate Team) ended the fall semester ranked eleventh in the U.S. according to rankings compiled by the National Debate Tournament (NDT).

UNLV debate team is top-ranked among universities and colleges such as Harvard and University of California, Berkeley. The UNLV debate team is ranked ahead of Emory, Georgetown, Northwestern, USC, Stanford, Dartmouth, and dozens of other colleges and universities.  

The rankings are compiled by the National Debate Tournament (NDT) and reflect performance in the varsity division in policy debate tournaments across the nation in the fall 2016 semester. Eighty-eight teams were included in the fall 2016 ranking. The full rankings report is available online.

“It was a banner year for the debate team. The students represented UNLV with distinction, especially as UNLV was center stage during the presidential debate season,” said coach Jacob Thompson. “The team tackled issues related to climate change which is a critical subject for our nation and the world. Having the final presidential debate on UNLV’s campus helped our team receive a lot of local and national media exposure. The presidential debate also helped us expand our connections with Clark County School District debate teams to emphasize the importance of informed public discourse.”