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Summit Debate has called Emerson College home for the past fourteen summers for our Boston Session. However, when evaluating our options for our 25th summer we decided to put our educational philosophy before tradition.

We are very excited to announce our new home for the Boston Session — the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is a nationally recognized urban public university, located on the gorgeous Boston Harbor, with easy access to downtown Boston, we are so excited to call UMass our new home! The University of Massachusetts Boston is home to 16,164 students during the school year and has been ranked in the first tier of national universities by US News & World Report. By moving to a larger campus and a nationally recognized university, the National Debate Forum gains access to state-of-the-art facilities for labs, lectures, dining services and residential life.

Residential Life

Constructed and opened in 2018, the Residence Halls on the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus offer our students excellent, state of the art amenities. There are two styles of dorm spaces that NDF students will use — some floorplans have shared bathrooms within a suite, while other floorplans have a common bathroom on the floor.

Every room includes a Twin XL bed, desk & chair, 3 drawer dressers (some quads have 2 drawer dressers), and WiFi access. We recommend that students bring their own linens (pillow, pillowcase, sheets, towels, wash cloth, etc) to maximize their comfort during camp. There will be an optional linen rental service for families traveling to camp who are not able to bring their own linens.

The entire residential hall is air-conditioned and is secured 24 hours a day by a security guard.

At Summit Debate, we have full time residential life staff who are dedicated to the supervision, health, and wellness of the students in the program. Additional faculty are assigned supervision during meal times and after the curriculum has completed for the day to provide your students additional resources if they need them.

Meet our Director of Residential Life


Kate Hamm is the Director of Speech & Debate at Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove, Florida. She has been educating students in speech and debate for over thirty years! Not only is she revered as an excellent Residential Life Director, but is also an active speech & debate who coaches every event.

Her students have won, or had top finishes, at state and national tournaments in Lincoln Douglas, Policy, Public Forum and Congressional Debate, as well as Extemporaneous Speaking and all Interpretation events.

This is a sample provided by UMB of their dorm spaces. Not everything in this picture is provided by UMB or the National Debate Forum.

This is a sample provided by UMB of their dorm spaces. Not everything in this picture is provided by UMB or the National Debate Forum.


Dining Services

Meals are provided daily in the dining hall which is located INSIDE the Residence Hall. Resident students get three meals a day and commuter students have the option for a meal plan if they’d like — $400 for two weeks and $600 for the three weeks.


The UMass Boston Dining Services Team provide a variety of options that are gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. Additional dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well.

Students are also allowed to access the Food Court in the Campus Center for different food choices to purchase. The menus include a rotating menu at The Harbor Market and Sizzlin' Station to fresh made sandwiches at Handcrafted, pizza at Pandini's, salads at Garden Toss, and your Burger King favorites. If you are looking for convenient grab and go we carry our freshly prepared Simply to Go and Sushi options. There is also a Dunkin’ Donuts located in the Campus Center.