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Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

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 Join NSLVE?

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:

  • More than 1,000 campuses and 8.5 million student records
  • All 50 states
  • All institutional types
2016 NSLVE Data

Our full report on 2016 national data and a data portal for you to further explore NSLVE.

Our Partners

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

2016 Data

National data is in for the 2016 election. Click below to see the full report and explore the data.

Sample Report

Curious what is in a campus NSLVE voting report? View a sample report here.