Texas Speech is the Individual Events half of The University of Texas at Austin forensics program and the university’s official competitive speech organization. Established in its current form in 1988, the team has been graced with seven national team sweepstakes championships by the American Forensic Association, alongside 81 individual national titles between 1989-2019. Texas Speech has placed in the top 6 nationally every year since 1990.
Beyond these remarkable achievements, our story is also one of academic success. We pride ourselves on our dedication to scholastic excellence at one of the most competitive public schools in the country, a Tier 1 research university. We believe in fostering open communication, supporting student research, and furthering the university’s goal of transforming lives for the benefit of society. In all things, we hope to exemplify excellence and the message that what starts here does change the world.
The University of Texas National Institute in Forensics was established in 1994. While the university’s forensic programs have been operating summer programs and short courses for high school students longer than that (records of high school workshops go back to 1909), UTNIF is our official camp and brings with it the expertise of over two decades in its current form. We offer instruction in Interp, Extemp, Oratory and Student Congress along with debate camps run by UT Debate. Students who come to UTNIF not only gain a top forensic education and join some of the nation’s best competitors and coaches for two weeks, but also they become part of a Longhorn legacy that is with them at every tournament, both literally and figuratively.