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 2016-2017, please e-mail us at rutgersdebate@gmail.com, or come to a meeting Tuesday or Thursday at 9pm! We meet at the School of Communications and Information, room 212 on the College Ave campus.

RUDU took third place at the 2015 National Championships. We compete in the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) and were the first public institution to make back-to-back semifinal appearances at the National Championship! In 2014, we were also the first public institution to make the final round of the Championships since the University of Virginia in 2003!

In the 2014-2015 season, RUDU overall finished ranked 8th in the nation, our fifth year in a row in the top ten. We finished ahead of schools such as #10 Columbia, #11 Princeton, #12 University of Chicago, #13 Penn, and #16 Stanford. New Jersey rival Princeton finished ranked 11th, marking the fifth straight year that Rutgers has been the best debate university in the state!

RUDU is the most successful club or team of any kind across all Rutgers campuses. Come and be a part of one of the best experiences Rutgers has to offer!