"The University of Michigan debate camp was definitely the highlight of my 2018 summer. I learned an incredible amount about the topic and arguments that previously confused me during lectures, honed my research skills during lab, improved greatly in my speaking and strategic vision during practice debates, and thoroughly enjoyed the camp tournament. I was repeatedly amazed by the unmatched diversity of research resources provided by Michigan, such as its expansive library and access to numerous databases and public journals. I also had the honor and privilege of meeting and learning from some legends in the debate community that I hold in the highest regard. And, needless to say, I fell in love with Ann Arbor and made some great friends. I cannot recommend the UMich summer debate camp enough, and hope to return next summer."
- Holland Bald, Westminster Schools (GA) ()
"Having attended the 7 Week K Lab, I grew so much intellectually. Focusing on diverse critical literature, the insanely intelligent lab leaders worked to not only teach me how to be a better debater but also a better person. The seven weeks have had a huge toll on how I debate but also how I view the activity. The K Lab not only introduced me to people I value and respect, but a family that I look forward to see at every tournament during the season. The lab also had the chance to speak with scholars like Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, among others, which made the experience all the more worth it. The camp experience itself brought competitive debaters all over the country so the practice, fun, and friendships made Michigan's debate camp incomparable to any other."
- Josh Jeong, Chattahoochee High School (GA) ()
"The University of Michigan Debate Camp has been the highlight of my year for the past two summers I've attended the program. Every aspect of the camp is above reproach. The research practice, informative lectures, and practice debates were integral to my understanding of the topic, and my ability to execute arguments. The Michigan camp inspires debaters to strive for excellence, and promotes this by leaving every resource at your disposal. I found that the personalized coaching encouraged questions, which allowed me to develop my skills in a way I can't imagine another camp facilitating. Not only does the camp prepare you for success, but it also fosters a community. Ann Arbor is an incredible town, and the camp ensures you have plenty of time to explore the campus with friends to make it your home. The memories I've made during the program are invaluable, and I'm sure that every debater will find the camp an unforgettable experience."
- Ayla Kaufman, Glenbrook North High School (IL) ()
"I can think of no better way to spend a summer than at the University of Michigan Debate Camp. During my 7 weeks in Ann Arbor, I met and learned from the most talented and inspiring coaches and debaters from around the country. It prepared me thoroughly for the season through stimulating lectures, competitive practice debates, and in-depth topic research. The camp offers a perfect blend of competition and camaraderie, and has given me friendships and skills that will last a lifetime."
- Grace Kessler, Washburn Rural High School (KS) ()
"My experience over the last several years at the Michigan Debate Institutes has been nothing less than outstanding. All of my lab leaders have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and were truly dedicated to helping us improve, including finding time to provide individual instruction and feedback. When combined with the tremendous resources for research and the high level of competition in practice debates, I can safely say that this program would serve any debater seeking to get better very well."
- Josh Leffler, Greenhill School (TX) ()
"My experience at the University of Michigan 7-week debate program was one that I believe to be incomparable to other programs. My time there allowed me to grow as a debater, student, and person. The relationships and bonds formed between my lab leaders and other debaters are what made UMich feel like home. The community atmosphere created a welcoming environment for debaters of all skill levels and gave me the opportunity me to gain valuable, portable skills that translated into a successful season. My quality experience at the 7-week program, learning from the best of the best, is one that I would not trade for anything."
- Shivan Moodley, Alpharetta High School (GA) ()