The best debate team in NYC

Welcome to the home of Columbia Debate, the official Parliamentary Debate Team of Columbia University in New York City!

We are one of the most successful intercollegiate debating societies in North America, and proudly represent Columbia University across the country and the world. The Columbia Debate Team is an institution dedicated to helping individuals express themselves, improve discourse, and enact positive change. Representing future consultants, bankers, hedge fund analysts, engineers, scientists, and lawyers, our team is a home for thinkers of all backgrounds.

On this site you will find information on what we are all about. Above, you can find important information about who the team is and how we are structured, how you can join us, and how to participate in either of the two tournaments we host throughout the year. On the bottom of this page, you can learn more about everything that the team does both in and outside of the school.

How to Join

Each semester the team does tryouts for students interested in joining the team. The tryouts are designed to test your thinking ability – how well can you develop a logical point, take a stand on various issues with no single correct answer, and express yourself coherently. No past debate experience is required.

The team will be at each club fair (where you can sign up for a tryout slot), and will also post relevant information in class Facebook groups and on bulletin boards around the school. Note that the team takes far more students in the fall semester than in the spring.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions/want to keep up to date, and we look forward to seeing you at tryouts!