Sophomore Select ’17

June 22nd-July 12th, 2017| $2,525 (commuter rate $2,105)

A $250 non-refundable registration/deposit fee guarantees your spot and is applied to the tuition sticker price – it is not an additive fee. While there is no deadline to register, our programs do fill-up, so the earlier you register, the better. For more information, scroll all the way down.

The deadline to pay tuition in full for all Session 1 programs (any program that begins in June) is Friday, June 2nd. 

Any debater entering their second year in the activity is at a crucial moment in their learning curve. Having conquered the basics, most students are hungry for success at the varsity level. It is essential for students at this stage to receive strong guidance that will help them develop good practice, speaking, and research habits. This program is designed with those needs especially in mind.

Skill and tactical work will be the emphasis, but the lab also aims to ignite student interest in topic research and argument construction. The UTNIF will ensure students come away transformed into much, much, better debaters. Both instructors offer a strong background in policy and kritikal approaches to debating. Discussions led by other members of the UTNIF staff on select topics also will be offered. The Sophomore Select program curriculum is designed and taught by one of our most experienced and talented instructors.

Mary GREGG heads the Sophomore Select program; Ms. Gregg is currently a teacher and debate coach at the Science and Engineering Magnet (SEM), an award winning college preparatory public high school in Dallas. Mary was a top team debater at Northwestern University, has a masters in education, and has previously coached successful teams at Oak Park River Forest, Glenbrooks North, and Niles North high schools. We’re delighted to have such a well-loved and talented teacher among our staff.

Register and reserve your spot at the UTNIF

The $250 registration/deposit fee reserves a student’s place in camp. It is non-refundable at any time, for any reason.* This fee is a deposit and is applied to the cost of the program your camper attends, it is not an additive cost.

UTNIF accepts payment through major credit/debit cards. We no longer accept personal checks. School districts, not for profit institutions, and charitable organizations can still make arrangements to pay by check. Please contact Kate Richey at or (717) 478-8643 for more information regarding payment via check.

Why is the UTNIF registration/deposit fee non refundable?

We do not want families to shoulder an unnecessary cost burden should something happen that’s beyond their control; but we’re also a not for profit camp. We have to reserve residence hall space and hire enough summer staff in advance to supervise students. Cancelled registrations leave us over-extended, as we commit to hiring staff & reserving dorm space on the basis of early enrollment numbers. We apologize but hope you understand, the fee is needed to recoup losses associated with over extension, and is non-refundable at any time, for any reason.*

*If your household is very low income, and your camper is denied financial aid, we will consider refunds of the registration/deposit fee on a case-by-case basis.