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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

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
2012 NSLVE Data

Our infographics of NSLVE data from the 2012 and 2014 elections break down voting rates by race and gender, field of study, region, and more.

Why and How to Join

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. You can view a sample campus report.

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

Our Partners

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

We understand that higher education leaders may have questions about the NSLVE study. We have created a comprehensive FAQ page as well as additional, supplemental FAQs about campus reports and student privacy laws, to provide complete information.