The Yale Debate Association

The most successful debate society in North America


Welcome to the website of the Yale Debate Association (YDA). We are the most successful intercollegiate debating society in North America, the reigning US national champions, and are currently ranked fourth in the world.

As Yale's only competitive intercollegiate debating organization, we compete in the American Parliamentary style of debate as a member of the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) and in the British Parliamentary style as a member of the US Universities Debating Association (USUDA). We represent Yale both across the country and around the world.

Our alumni include former US Presidents, the sitting US Secretary of State, several former members of Congress, and dozens of leaders in law, business, medicine, journalism, academia, and the arts.

We are committed to developing talent wherever we find it, and have the most effective novice training program in the country. Join us, and become part of the history.

Our Titles

APDA National Champions

2014, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2001. Est. 1981.

APDA Team of the Year

2013, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2001, 1991. Est. 1987.

APDA Club of the Year

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. Est. 2008.

USUDA National Champions

2013. Est. 2005.

North American Champions

2011, 2009, 2007, 2006. Est. 1992.

World University Champions

1990. Est. 1981.

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