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Corban University

Corban Debate

Debate Degree

Civil discussion of opposing viewpoints is the hallmark of successful pluralist and democratic societies. Corban Debate prepares young Christian thought leaders for success in political, family and vocational life by honing their capacity to express ideas and opinions grounded in ethics and supported by evidence.

Corban Debate is open to any Corban University student (no experience necessary) interested in gaining skills in: creativity, logic, critical thinking, mutual respect, research, leadership, principled negotiation, public speaking, team-building, oral delivery techniques, constructive criticism and confidence-building.

Our British Parliamentary (BP) teams debate against universities from around the country primarily through Pacific Northwest tournaments. BP is an easy format transition from Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum debate and even speech events. Our program is comprised of NCFCA, STOA, CCNW and National Forensic League speech and debate alumni, including several national qualifiers.

For more information about Debate:

Tony Caito
Corban Debate Coach

Debate Scholarship

$16,000 – $18,000

  • Annually renewable for 4 years.
  • Annual award amount will be $1,000 more than the academic scholarship for which the student qualifies, up to $18,000, or a minimum of $16,000.
  • Replaces all other Corban academic scholarships.

Who is Eligible

  • Incoming Corban freshmen (transfers not eligible but students transferring in college credit taken while in high school are eligible)
  • High school speech or debate experience (minimum 1 year)
  • Minimum 3.6 high school GPA
  • Minimum 1170 SAT or 24 ACT

Debate Scholarship Competition

Students may apply for the Debate Scholarship by participating in Corban’s Debate Scholarship Competition, held each February. High school seniors and juniors with at least one year of speech or debate experience are invited to participate in the competition. Four scholarships will be awarded.

Sample Schedule

During the competition day, students will interview with Corban debate coaches, meet the team and participate in a debate.

Sample Schedule*

8:30-8:45 am Check-in and welcome
8:45-10 am Student interviews and debate preparation
Parent session
10-11 am Chapel
11 am-12 pm Lunch
12-2 pm Debate
2-3 pm Class
3-4 pm Campus tour
*Final schedule may vary slightly.


The debate format will be British Parliamentary. The debate resolution will be announced the morning of the event and student debaters will be paired into two-person debate teams. Teams will have the following hour to prepare as a team when they are not in their interviews.