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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:

  • Nearly 1,000 campuses
  • 8.5 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 (or access its ELECTRONIC version) along with the instructions to help you fill out the form.
  • STEP 2: Choose one person on your campus to be the report recipient and sign the form (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: (For PAPER version only) Email a scanned copy of the form to NSLVE@tufts.edu. (For ELECTRONIC form only) Download the form for your records; NSLVE will automatically receive a copy of your form. It will be valid through August, 2018.

Although we accept applications on a rolling basis, we match enrollment and voting records and produce reports only twice a year. The next round of reports will happen in the summer, 2017 – please send your form in by March 24th, 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:


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