Founded in 1885, ASU Forensics has a proud tradition of excellence and competitive success in speech and debate. We are one of the last full-service speech and debate programs in the country.

Any Arizona State University undergraduate is invited to participate in the collegiate forensics program.  Participating students need not be a communication major and you are not required to audition to become a member of the team. We welcome all levels of experience.  You can join us if you have four years of high school experience or if you have never even seen a round of competitive forensics.

Collegiate competition is similar to high school competition with a few distinct differences.  Additionally, college debate is similar to high school policy with a few differences in speech times. 

  • In college you can enter in as many events as you want, in fact, we encourage competition in multiple events!
  • You can travel a lot or a little.  We compete both regionally and nationally.  Our national competitions take us all over the country!
  • Our debate team and individual events teams travel to tournaments both together and separately.
  • You set your own coaching hours with the coaches.  We have a team meeting on Tuesdays but all of the outside work is up to you!
  • Our squad room has tons of resources for you to use in preparing for competition and for schoolwork.

If you are interested in pursuing forensics at a collegiate level and would like to join the program contact:

Adam Symonds, Director
Office: Mathews Hall 112B and Stauffer 476 
Email: or
Twitter:  asuforensics or acsymonds