Welcome to Debate

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) is the debate team at the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. If you’re interested in debate or public speaking, we are always looking for new members.

If you’re interested in joining the team in 2014-2015, please e-mail Coach Matthew Maddex at matthew.maddex@rutgers.edu

RUDU took second place at the 2014 National Championships. We compete in the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) and were the first public institution to make the final round of the Championships since the University of Virginia in 2003! Quinn Maingi ’15 & Sean Leonard ’16, defending National Finalists, will be returning to competition next year and can help train you to join them at the top ranks of the league!

RUDU overall finished ranked 5th in the nation during the regular season, our fourth year in a row in the top ten and third of four years in the top five. We finished only behind #1 Yale, #2 Harvard, #3 Brandeis, and #4 Johns Hopkins (though we beat Harvard and Johns Hopkins in the Nationals elimination rounds). We finished ahead of #6 Brown, #7 Columbia, #8 George Washington, #9 Bates, and #10 American. New Jersey rival Princeton finished ranked 12th, marking the fourth straight year that Rutgers has been the best debate university in the state!

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