Becoming A Member
The Collegiate Public Forum League requires that all schools routinely participating in CPFL competitions register as a Member School. Member Schools gain access to high quality training materials, resources for competition, and more. Member Schools are required to abide by CPFL Policies and Procedures, which can be found here. There is an annual membership fee of $50 to become a CPFL Member School. Fee waivers are available for programs in need of assistance. Click here to apply for a fee waiver.
Online membership payments may be made using the link below.
CPFL Membership Benefits
CPFL Member Schools
Oxford College of Emory University
University of Michigan
The University of Tulsa
The University of Texas at Austin
Missouri Valley College
California State University - Northridge
Cal State Fullerton
Saint Cloud State University
University of Minnesota
University of Mary Washington
University of Kentucky
Texas A&M University
Idaho State University
Sarah T. Partlow Lefevre
Georgia Tech University
Arizona State University
Starting A Team Once You're A Member
Register With Your University
Recruit Team Members
Register For A Tournament
Prepare For Competition
Attend Your First Tournament
The CPFL requires that all Member Schools receive permission from their University/College to compete. The first step to participating in CPFL competitions is to receive approval from your University administration.
In order to participate in CPFL competitions, you'll need students who want to debate! For help on recruiting, check out our resources here. Ensure you set up debate practices to help your team prepare together!
Once you have received University approval and recruited some debaters, it's time to register for a CPFL Tournament. Learn more about CPFL tournaments, here!
Now that you are signed up for a tournament, you need to prepare for competition! Research the topic, write speeches, engage in practice debates, and more. Utilize the CPFL free resources to help prepare for our tournaments, here!
The final step to starting a Debate Club is to attend your first debate tournament! Remember, while winning is fun - even showing up to the tournament is an accomplishment that you should be proud of!