Summit Debate is excited to be returning to Santa Clara University for our San Jose Session.

Santa Clara University is a nationally recognized Jesuit university, located in the heart of Santa Clara with easy access to downtown San Jose. Santa Clara University is home to more than 5,600 students during the school year and has been ranked as one of the best universities on the west coast by US News & World Report.

Our summer home at Santa Clara University provides the National Debate Forum access to some of the best state of the art facilities on a college campus.

Residential Life

Students reside in Swig Residence Hall.

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, 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.

While the dorm is not air conditioned, Silicon Valley in late June has very comfortable temperatures with a nice breeze. In 2019, daily temperatures averaged a high of 78 degrees. In the evening, it was common for the temperature to hit 50 degrees.

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 SCU of their dorm spaces. Not everything in this picture is provided by SCU or the National Debate Forum.

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


Dining Services

Meals are provided daily in the dining hall which is located inside Benson Hall. Resident students get three meals a day and commuter students can purchase meal plans in the registration portal.

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