• Project 60/50 Comes to the SDI
    Project 60/50, a campus-wide conversation about civil and human rights, hosted an event at the 2014 SDI for four week students. Over 100 students watched the documentary, Traces of the Trade, and participated in a discussion with Bill Batterman, associate director of debate at Woodward Academy; Chris Randall, a debate team member from Rutgers University; Ryan Galloway, director of debate at Samford University; and Ed Lee, head debate coach at Emory University.

  • HSS at the Supreme Court
    Hoya-Spartan Scholars in the 2014 program visited the Supreme Court to see announcements of major decisions in Washington, D.C. Catherine Williams and Ellen Dymit were interviewed by press who were also in attendance.

  • Hoya Spartan Scholars
    The Hoya-Spatan Scholars work for three weeks at Georgetown University and four weeks at Michigan State. Students work with a variety of talented staff who've achieved competitive success both as students and coaches. Lab leaders at the HSS have coached several TOC and NDT champions.

  • Quality Faculty with a Comprehensive Curriculum
    Quality faculty, among the finest college and high school coaches in the nation, teach a comprehensive curriculum that is inclusive of all arguments and styles. The student to staff ratio is never higher than 8:1 ensuring targeted skills development

  • Spartan Debate Institute
    The SDI is the summer program of the MSU Debate Team, providing debate instruction to high school students for over 20 years. Sessions run for 2, 3 or 4 weeks in East Lansing. The SDI also co-hosts the Hoya-Spartan Scholars with Georgetown University.

Spartan Debate Institute

Phone: (517) 798-6269   (9:00am - 5:00pm EST business hours until the start of camp)MSU Beaumont Tower
Email: debate@msu.edu


In 1992, the fledgling debate team at Michigan State University teamed up with a few local high school debate coaches to create a new debate institute, centered around maximizing instruction and value for the students who would attend.

In the years since, the Spartan Debate Institutes have grown, hosting more than 3,000 debaters, hailing from all 50 states, coming from schools and debate circuits of all shapes and sizes.

Entering this summer, our commitment to each and every student still revolves around the same principles we pioneered in our first summer:

  • Quality Faculty - among the finest college and high school coaches in the nation
  • Comprehensive Curriculum - inclusive of all arguments and styles
  • Instruction for All Levels - labs for pre-novices to TOC Champions
  • Student-Staff Ratio - never higher than 8:1
  • More Actual Debating - four or more debates each week
  • Individualized Instruction - less lectures, more small group learning
  • A Fun, Safe Environment - responsible instructors, permanent dorm staff, and firm, reasonable rules, fairly and consistent enforced

Join us this summer, and discover why the Spartan Debate Institutes are among best in value for debate instruction.

Carly and EricThe dates for the 2019 SDI are:

2-week program: July 7 - July 19
4-week program: July 7 - August 2

Interested in learning about debate for the first time? New debate students are encouraged to apply for our two-week program, where we offer a break-out curriculum tailored specifically to their needs. The program is great for students of all levels of experience!

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