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

Kelsey Abele, Assistant Speech Coach


ASU forensics team wins 3rd national title; senior wins impromptu speaking championship 

ASU forensics team places 15th in the nation  

ASU forensics debate team brings
home Pacific Championship

 ASU Forensics Team Places 7th in Nation 

ASU Speech Team repeat national champs 

Forensics Team member national champion