About Us

Faith and Forensics

  • Family-like community
  • Advocating core values
  • Annual team-building retreat
  • Openness to diverse traditions

A Commitment to Excellence

  • ​#1 ranked speech team among Catholic universities (National Forensic Association, 2013)
  • 15th in the nation (National Forensic Association, 2013)
  • 2nd in the state (Indiana Forensic Association, 2013)

Dedicated People

  • 10-15 students from all majors
  • All experience levels welcome
  • 5 active coaches

Speech-Life Balance

  • A school-first philosophy
  • 12 tournaments per year
  • Rarely compete on Sundays

Emphasis on Academics

  • Three coaches with doctoral degrees
  • Teaching process over shortcuts
  • Real-world application
Dr. George and Dante

A Franciscan Tradition

  • Peace and Justice
  • Responsible Stewardship
  • Reconciliation
  • Dignity of the Individual


  • All travel costs covered by the university
  • “Dress for Success” scholarships available
  • Celebrated on campus

Extra Opportunities

  • High school speech team coaching
  • Tutoring in the Speaking Center
  • Social events like tailgating and holiday parties

Speech Team Scholarships

  • Typically $5,000 per year for four years
  • Require relevant experience and academic potential
  • Apply online: www.marian.edu/forensics

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For More Information

Contact Dr. Kyle Kellam at kyle@marian.edu or 317.955.6048.

Meeting people through student government
Getting involved in student government helped Oluwabanwo Adeniyi '21 feel like she’s part of the campus community.
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Building relationships with faculty and coaches
After he explored his college options, Conor Smith '20 decided to choose Marian because of his interest in athletics and exercise science.
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Following her dream to be a dentist
After graduating cum laude with Marian's Class of 2017, Chrislyn (Church) Fite is well on her way.
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