NSD is committed to providing a comprehensive summer education at the highest level of excellence. Click here to return to the home page. Look below to apply for our summer offerings!

Regular applications are due May 30th and financial aid applications are due May 15th. 

Financial Aid and Camp Segment Applications should click to the right.


NSD Flagship

Lincoln-Douglas from June 25-July 15 at the University of Minnesota

Executive Director: Tom Evnen and Co-Executive Director: Terrence Lonam

Tuition: $3895

Tuition: Main Session with 4th Week- $4895 June 25- July 22 

The National Symposium for Debate Flagship Session is the premier offering for NSD's Summer Institutes. We offer a rigorous curriculum centered on the systematic instruction in the theory and strategy of debate, lectures on topics of concern to academic fields such as political science, critical theory, and philosophy, and the development of speaking and rhetorical skills. Our curriculum embraces all skill levels – from those with no prior debate experience to veteran national circuit debaters. For a main camp session, NSD's Flagship has no match. 


NSD Philadelphia

Lincoln-Douglas from July 16-29 at Bryn Mawr College-

Director: Benjamin Koh

Tuition: $2695

NSD Philadelphia is a Lincoln Douglas Debate camp that offers the NSD, national circuit education in a two week session in the heart of Pennsylvania. Formerly known as NSD Northeast, NSD Philadelphia hosts a staff to serve a countrywide audience and students at every level. Now in its second iteration, NSD Philadelphia received rave reviews in its first year, and we are excited to bring an even better staff and better camp experience for all. Looking for a NSD national institute experience in a two week session? NSD Philadelphia is the right camp for you!


NSD Texas

Lincoln Douglas from July 16-29 at UT San Antonio

Directors: Chris Castillo and Jenn Melin

Tuition: $2695

NSD Texas is a two week intensive summer institute targeted towards the nuances of debating Lincoln-Douglas in the Texas region. We believe that the Texas circuit is one of the most competitive regions in the country, but moreover that debating and succeeding in Texas warrants a nuanced and specifically focused curriculum for the state; something that no other summer institute provides. Staffed by the best coaches and debaters in Texas, NSD Texas provides a comprehensive curriculum for success in the Lone Star state. 


NSD Public Forum

PF from July 23-August 5 at Bryn Mawr College

Director: Ben Kessler

Tuition: $2695

NSD’s brand new Public Forum camp offers a rigorous, innovative, and personalized approach to debate curriculum, focused on building and refining fundamental skills to allow debaters to succeed year-round. Our curriculum embraces all skill levels and includes lectures on specific debate skills, workshop periods for refining technique, constructive lab periods for organized research and further practice, a mentorship program for individualized instruction, and plenty of practice debates. In everything we do, we strive to create a close-knit environment where our students can work closely with the faculty in small groups


NSD Middle School

Middle School Debate from July 16-29 at UT San Antonio

Director: Kris Wright, Curriculum Co-Director: Tom Evnen

Two Week Session (7/16 – 7/29): $2,400, One Week Session (7/16 – 7/22) or (7/23 – 7/29): $1,200

NSD Middle School Institute is the premier summer debate camp for middle school students. We offer a fun, rigorous curriculum centered on laying the foundations for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum embraces all skill and experience levels—from those with no prior debate experience to the most hardcore middle school debater. Led by seasoned instructors who have proven success catalyzing and nurturing young talent, NSD Middle School adapts a proven formula to help each student each their goals, no matter what they may be. Using the LD Debate format, we teach skills that are transferable to all debate events and other academic endeavors.

NSD Congress

Congress from July 16-20 at Bryn Mawr College

Director: Phil Hedayatnia

Tuition: $2695

NSD’s Congressional Debate Institute offers each and every participant a challenging, comprehensive, and fun course in everything Congress – from argumentation, to rhetoric, to research. NSD’s instructors and curriculum blend interactive lectures on public policy, constitutional law, economics, and philosophy together with rhetorical drills, speech practices and mock Congressional sessions. Every “topic lecture” is discussion-based; every speaking opportunity is critiqued by instructors and by students in small breakout sessions, made possible by our 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio.