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The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting.

Critical to our broader mission of strengthening college student learning for democracy, NSLVE’s goals are to:

  • Provide a service to colleges and universities interested in learning about their students’ voting habits
  • Build a national database for research on college student political learning and engagement in democracy

Why Participate

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Education issued a “call to action” challenging colleges and universities to support academic programs and experiences designed to increase student civic learning and engagement in democracy. Many campuses already support civic learning experiences. We know very little, however, about whether these experiences increase  the knowledge, skills, and commitment students will need to engage in democracy, in politics, policy making, and social action.  Voting is by no means the only indicator of civic engagement, but it is fundamental. Studying the voting rates of students provides an important measure that can catalyze improvements in academic programs and co-curricular experiences.

NSLVE is the first and only study to objectively examine student and institution-level data on student voting and to share these data with participating campuses. Participation is free, easy, and protective of student privacy. Our growing database includes:

  • Over 925 campuses
  • 8 million student records
  • All 50 states
  • All institutional types

Frequently Asked Questions

See our general NSLVE FAQ, or our FAQs specific to campus reports and to FERPA/student privacy.

If you’d like to inquire about obtaining a copy of your institution’s NSLVE report, go here.


Interested in signing up for our study? It’s easy!

  • STEP 1: Download the authorization form here (it will be valid through August, 2018)
  • STEP 2: Sign the form and choose one person on your campus to be the report recipient (typically, we have a President, Vice President, Dean of the college, Provost, Registrar or Institutional Research Director sign the form, but this is always unique at each campus)
  • STEP 3: Email a scanned copy of the form to nslve@tufts.edu

Although we accept applications on a rolling basis, we match enrollment and voting records and produce reports only twice a year. Please note that the deadline to receive your 2012&2014 voting data report in September has passed. The next round of reports will happen in June, 2017 – please send your form in by March 15th, 2017.

After signing up, you’ll receive a report much like this, one that details your campus’ voting and registration rates for 2012, 2014 & 2016 elections.

Our Partners

NSLVE is pleased to be working with valued institutional partners from the fields of higher education and civic engagement: