A notable feature of Truman State University is its nationally-renowned debate team.
With a history of excellence stretching back to the late 1800s, Truman has won several
national titles in parliamentary debate, competing in the National Parliamentary Debate
Association national tournament. Truman won the 2000 NPDA final round on a 7-0 decision, as well as the 2004
NPDA final round on a 9-0 decision. The team has more elimination round appearances in the national tournament than any other
university.Truman also won the 2004 and 2001 Round Robin Tournament of Champions, the MAFA state
debate tournament in 2004, 2003, and 2002, and had the first and second speaker at the 2004 NPDA national tournament.