What is the process for admission?
Unlike many camps, George Mason Debate Institute accepts all applicants who apply within the admission period. We hire more assistants based on our numbers to ensure a student to faculty ratio of 8:1. Students are able to enroll in the style of debate that they are interested in participating in, and they will be placed in the appropriate skill level after a diagnostic we send prior to the camp.
When is the application deadline?
What is a typical day like online for high school students:
(all times EST)
Morning Check in and announcements at 10:00 AM
Lecture immediately following until 11:00 AM
Short break from 11:00 AM-11:10 AM
Morning Lab from 11:10 AM-12:30 PM
Lunch from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Afternoon Lab from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Break from 3:00 PM-3:30 PM
Skills Sessions from 3:30-5:00 PM
What is a typical day like online for middle school students:
(all times EST)
Morning Routine at 9am
Lab Learning Time at 9:30am-11:30am
Debate Game at 11:30am
Lunch from 12:00-12:30pm
Regroup Activity from 12:30-1:00pm
Lab Learning Time from 1:00-2:30pm
Debate Activity from 2:30-3:00pm
What platform will you use for online instruction?
George Mason University's university zoom account platform. This is the platform that many George Mason University professors have chosen for online classes and we believe it is the best option to ensure ease of access our campers.
What are the technological requirements for the online camp?
Students attending the online sessions of the GMDI are required to have a computer, camera (external or on their computer), microphone (external or on their computer), and access to reliable internet. If you are interested in our recommendations for other technology, please visit our Tech Checklist, available for download below.
Can you tell me the names of other people from my area attending the camps?
No. It's institute policy to keep everyone's information private.
Are partner requests guaranteed?
Yes, in most cases. However, requests must be made in advance by both parties via email.
How much free time will we have?
Not a great deal. Most of your time at the institute is structured. However, to ensure proper time during the day for meals and "off screen" time, we have scheduled in three break times.
Can I pay part of the tuition at registration and the rest at the end of the camp?
No. Tuition in full is due June 15th.
Can I get my deposit or tuition reimbursed if we do not attend the camp?
GMDI payments are refundable until April 21st. After April 21st no payments are refundable. This is necessary because we have to hire staff based on our hard numbers at this point.
Can I make payments with credit cards?
Our preferred method of payment is credit card using our online portal. GMDI also accepts payment via check, money order, or cash. Payments can be mailed to our address at: George Mason University, Jackie Poapst, Department of Communication, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3D6, Fairfax, VA, 22030.
Are scholarship opportunities available?
We have a small amount of scholarship funding available on a needs base. Please contact Jackie Poapst at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.