Maryland Parliamentary Debate

Welcome to the website of the Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society! We are the premier debating society at the University of Maryland at College Park. We welcome every single undergraduate or graduate student to check out our organization. Send us an email at if you have specific questions not addressed on this site.

The Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society competes on the circuit of the American Parliamentary Debate Association against many other prestigious institutions (including the entire Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and others). The circuit is recognized by the World Universities Debating Council as the preeminent American debate circuit. We are one of the few public universities competing, along with the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, and Rutgers University. In addition to attending weekly tournaments, we have sent teams to the National Championships every year for at least the last decade. We also host our own tournaments once or twice a year.