Why Join Speech & Debate?

The Speech & Debate Team is one of the oldest student organizations at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We strive to create opportunities for self-improvement and program excellence in the arena of competitive speaking. Any undergraduate student enrolled at the University is eligible to participate regardless of previous experience or selected major. 

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Students Gain Valuable Skills in:

  • Critical thinking,
  • Written communication,
  • Interview, and
  • Presentation skills.
Additional benefits to joining the Team:
  • Travel to tournaments across the nation,
  • Network with students from various majors, and
  • Excel academically.

Since 1977, the Team has accumulated over:

  • 60 National Quarterfinalists
  • 30 National Semifinalists
  • 30 National Finalists (including a National Champion in Prose Interpretation in 2015)

Scholarship Opportunities:

Students on the Speech & Debate Team are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Larry Schnoor Forensics Endowment.


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