North Central College - Naperville, IL


North Central’s nationally ranked forensics team routinely garners awards in the top tier of colleges and universities. Students from all majors become more articulate speakers, effective performers and critical thinkers as they participate in more than a dozen tournaments each year.

As a forensics team member, you’ll practice with your teammates and receive one-on-one coaching from the director of forensics and experienced volunteer coaches. Choosing material that interests you, you’ll compete during fall and winter terms; nationals are held in early spring, followed by a year-end showcase on campus featuring the best of North Central forensics.

You may also:

  • Receive course credit for participation on the team.
  • Apply for forensics scholarships.
  • Implement workshops for and provide coaching/judging assistance to local high school speech programs.
  • Travel to compete in state tournaments and national contests.
  • Improve your writing, speaking, presentation and performance skills.
  • Develop teamwork capabilities.
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem as you overcome fear of public speaking.

“I was a confident person before, but being successful in forensics has made my confidence soar,” says T.J.

In addition to being on the forensics team and a forward on the soccer team, T.J. works full time as showroom manager of a marketing company at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. He routinely speaks with vendors and vice presidents, using skills he’s developed through forensics. “I know what I want to say, how to present and come across.”

On campus, T.J. enjoys the flexibility North Central offers to pursue both forensics and soccer. During soccer season, he participates in fewer forensic tournaments. During off-season, he expands his forensics involvement, traveling and competing in individual...


David is a star in forensics. From the start, he competed on North Central’s speech and debate teams and consistently placed among the top competitors at national, state and regional tournaments.

His junior year alone, he was national champion in Informative Speaking at a national comprehensive tournament, claimed second in Persuasive Speaking at one of the year’s most prestigious national tournaments, and made College history at the 143rd Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament. Placing in the final round, he was the first North Central student to ever do so and only the second one to qualify for this national competition. North Central’s faculty named him the Outstanding Student in...