Frequently Asked Questions
UMKC Summer Debate Institute
University of Missouri - Kansas City
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When does the camp run? What are its hours?
The camp runs 7 days a week. Monday-Saturday we start at 9am, and end at 9pm, with breaks for lunch and dinner. On Sundays we start at 1pm and run to 9pm, with a break for dinner. We can always make arrangements for students who may be unable to arrive at 9am everyday.
Who is this camp for?
High school students interested in policy debate.
Where is UMKC?
UMKC is in the heart of Kansas City. It’s located next to the plaza shopping and entertainment district. A campus map may be found here (we are using the Volker Campus for the summer institute): http://www.umkc.edu/maps/
Can I arrive early or stay late?
Typically, this is not possible. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to work it out, but we cannot count on having staff on hand or dorm room availability.
What airport do I fly into?
The Kansas City International airport services every major airline and is the closest airport to campus. No other major airport is in a viable range.
Can I leave campus during free time?
Yes, if you have signed consent from a parent or guardian, there will be limited time available in the afternoon and evening to leave campus and enjoy the city. There will also be longer blocks of planned time off.
Do I have to eat campus food?
If you are a resident, a meal plan is included in your tuition. If you are a commuter, you may pick a cheaper price point that does not include meals. There are refrigerators available in campus and limited options close by. Students can also purchase meals on a per-use basis at the cafeteria.
How do I get to campus?
We do not offer shuttle service from the airport. Parents can schedule an appointment with the super shuttle in advance. This option is much more cost effective than a cab. The shuttle will pick students up at the appropriate time and take them directly to campus for registration. Make reservations here:
Can I receive mail while at the camp?
Yes, of course you can! No camp would be complete with care packages from parents and friends. The mailing address is:
c/o UMKC Summer Debate Institute
202 Haag Hall
5120 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO, 64110
How does the meal plan work?
All meals are included for residents. Meal plans are available for purchase for commuters. These meal plans include lunch and dinner in the cafeteria everyday.
Can I get a specific roommate, partner, or lab leader?
You can always make requests, and the application has a spot for requesting roommates and lab leaders. In nearly every instance mutual roommate requests will be honored. Lab options are on a first come, first serve basis. If there is a particular lab leader you want to work with, apply early.
How do I pay?
First, we will require a 100 dollar deposit within two weeks of the submission of your application. You will then receive an invoice outlining other payment options. We accept cash, checks made out to “UMKC Summer Debate Institute”, and online payments. Your invoice will give you a link to the online payment portal.