Q: What is your acceptance procedure?
A: When an application is received it is reviewed for suitability of the applicant and completeness. If the applicant appears suitable, their check is deposited. Once the check has cleared, the application is closely reviewed and a decision is made whether or not to accept the student. Acceptance/rejection letters are sent via the US Postal System. If a student is rejected, their payment is returned.
Please note that if an application is incomplete, it is set aside until the applicant contacts us and completes the application.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: NSD does not refund payment for any reason.
Q: How can students travel from the Colorado Springs airport to Colorado College campus?
A: Students travel from the airport to campus via Colorado College shuttle bus. Read the Travel page for details.
Q: How can I send mail to a student who is currently at camp?
A: Colorado College has a large summer conference program and can only get mail to people when it is properly addressed. Send mail to:
Attention: National Symposium for Debate
C/O Residential Life and Housing/Conference Services
14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Q: What should I pack?
A: Bring an umbrella or a rain jacket as well as a sweatshirt. There is a pool on campus which NSD students may use on free day, if open. Dress is casual, but should be in good taste. Bring enough clothing to suit your needs, including shower flip flops and extra shoes, an alarm clock, soap, toiletries, and other items needed for personal care. Be sure to bring debate materials commonly used, such as pens, timers, and flow pads, as well as a notebook for taking notes during lectures. Most students bring a laptop, though you are not required to do so. You need to bring a USB key/flash drive and an Ethernet cable in case the wireless system is down. Bring money and/or a debit or credit card for personal purchases and to pay baggage fees when traveling. Snacks can be brought from home or purchased near campus. Students may want to bring a water bottle. The beds are extra long twin size. A fan, towels, mattress pad, sheets and blanket, pillow and pillow case are provided. There is a mini refrigerator in every room. Wash cloths are not provided. Alarm clocks are not provided. Cooking in dormitory rooms is not permitted.