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While there’s certainly a lot of work left to do, the team at TurboVote is excited to report that we’re really making some solid progress together with partners.

  • Over 3 million students – almost 1% of all americans – attend a campus with an active TurboVote partnership.
  • Over 80,000 of those students have signed up for TurboVote.

Congratulations to all TurboVote campuses on their voter engagement efforts this year! To see more about how top school were able to engage so many voters, check out these two links.

Top 100 2014 Campuses by total voters

  1. Miami Dade College 1593
  2. Brigham Young University 1459
  3. California Polytechnic State University 1422
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1123
  5. Virginia Tech 1075
  6. Stanford University 820
  7. University of Florida 793
  8. Florida State University 733
  9. Arizona State University 683
  10. The University of Chicago 656
  11. Harvard University 643
  12. University of North Georgia 601
  13. Mercer University 563
  14. San Francisco State University 555
  15. Elmhurst College 547
  16. Case Western Reserve University 508
  17. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 506
  18. St. Petersburg College 506
  19. Elon University 459
  20. Trinity University 459
  21. Towson University 449
  22. Boston College 421
  23. Ivy Tech Community College 418
  24. Illinois State University 415
  25. Christopher Newport University 413
  26. Washington University in St. Louis 413
  27. Middlebury College 411
  28. James Madison University 404
  29. Adventist University of Health Sciences 386
  30. The University of Virginia 375
  31. Brown University 368
  32. University of Texas at Austin 363
  33. University of Nevada, Reno 359
  34. Georgetown University 343
  35. The College of William & Mary 343
  36. Polk State College 341
  37. University of Nebraska Omaha 340
  38. Clayton State University 337
  39. Radford University 333
  40. University of Idaho 327
  41. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate 324
  42. Georgia Gwinnett College 318
  43. Northeastern University 313
  44. University of Texas at El Paso 308
  45. Broward College 306
  46. West Chester University 292
  47. University of Delaware 287
  48. Salisbury University 280
  49. The Associated Students of Michigan State University 274
  50. Occidental College 274
  51. George Mason University 271
  52. Juniata College 268
  53. Macomb Community College 257
  54. University of Akron 254
  55. Virginia Commonwealth University 249
  56. Hobart and William Smith Colleges 241
  57. SUNY Geneseo 239
  58. Frostburg State University 236
  59. Hillsborough Community College 227
  60. The University of Denver 224
  61. New York University 222
  62. Palm Beach State College 218
  63. Seminole State College 216
  64. Seton Hall University 209
  65. Santa Fe College 209
  66. Boise State University 209
  67. Tallahassee Community College 203
  68. University of Central Oklahoma 202
  69. Missouri State University 199
  70. Clarkson University 197
  71. Fashion Institute of Technology 190
  72. Wheaton College 188
  73. Utah Valley University 187
  74. Saint Mary’s College of California 185
  75. University of California, Irvine 185
  76. Rollins College 184
  77. Kutztown University 183
  78. Kennesaw State University 179
  79. William Paterson University 171
  80. Vassar College 169
  81. Northeastern State University 169
  82. Louisiana State University 153
  83. Daytona State College 144
  84. Florida State College at Jacksonville 128
  85. North Central College 124
  86. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 123
  87. School of the Art Institute of Chicago 121
  88. Longwood University 119
  89. Eastern Florida State College 119
  90. California State University Los Angeles 116
  91. Boston University 116
  92. UNC Charlotte 114
  93. Florida Atlantic University 112
  94. Wesleyan University 112
  95. Stetson University 110
  96. New College of Florida 106
  97. The Ohio State University 106
  98. University of Saint Joseph 103
  99. Roanoke College 102
  100. Indian River State College 101

Top 100 2014 Campuses by percentage

  1. Trinity University 20.45%
  2. Juniata College 16.75%
  3. Middlebury College 16.44%
  4. Elmhurst College 16.09%
  5. Occidental College 12.91%
  6. Adventist University of Health Sciences 12.87%
  7. New College of Florida 12.54%
  8. Mercer University 12.51%
  9. The University of Chicago 12.15%
  10. Case Western Reserve University 12.1%
  11. Marlboro College 11.91%
  12. Wheaton College 11.75%
  13. Stanford University 11.71%
  14. Hobart and William Smith Colleges 11.48%
  15. University of North Georgia 11.13%
  16. Olin College 9.21%
  17. Harvard University 8.93%
  18. Christopher Newport University 8.26%
  19. Elon University 7.65%
  20. Rollins College 7.36%
  21. California Polytechnic State University 7.22%
  22. Vassar College 7.04%
  23. Saint Mary’s College of California 6.61%
  24. Clarkson University 6.35%
  25. Dominican University of California 5.94%
  26. Richard Bland College of William & Mary 5.68%
  27. Washington University in St. Louis 5.66%
  28. Brigham Young University 5.21%
  29. Sewanee: The University of the South 5.07%
  30. Roanoke College 4.86%
  31. Clayton State University 4.81%
  32. SUNY Geneseo 4.78%
  33. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4.68%
  34. Boston College 4.68%
  35. North Central College 4.59%
  36. Frostburg State University 4.53%
  37. Virginia Tech 4.5%
  38. Bowdoin College 4.44%
  39. University of Saint Joseph 4.43%
  40. Stetson University 4.4%
  41. The University of Denver 4.39%
  42. Goucher College 4.32%
  43. Brown University 4.27%
  44. Warren Wilson College 4.24%
  45. Wheelock College 4.22%
  46. The College of William & Mary 4.13%
  47. Radford University 3.96%
  48. Seton Hall University 3.94%
  49. Chatham University 3.87%
  50. School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3.73%
  51. Friends University 3.65%
  52. Palm Beach Atlantic University 3.56%
  53. Peru State College 3.53%
  54. University of Idaho 3.5%
  55. Salisbury University 3.5%
  56. Ferrum College 3.47%
  57. Wesleyan University 3.43%
  58. Wellesley College 3.26%
  59. Georgia Gwinnett College 3.24%
  60. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate 3.09%
  61. Fashion Institute of Technology 2.92%
  62. Hastings College 2.92%
  63. Longwood University 2.9%
  64. Marygrove College 2.76%
  65. The University of Virginia 2.57%
  66. West Chester University 2.43%
  67. University of Florida 2.42%
  68. Pomona College 2.38%
  69. Florida State University 2.36%
  70. Ringling College 2.36%
  71. Illinois State University 2.31%
  72. Penn State Brandywine 2.29%
  73. University of Nebraska Omaha 2.27%
  74. Castleton State College 2.19%
  75. Lynn University 2.19%
  76. San Francisco State University 2.13%
  77. Towson University 2.04%
  78. James Madison University 2.03%
  79. Georgetown University 2.02%
  80. Barry University 2.%
  81. Kutztown University 1.99%
  82. University of Nevada, Reno 1.88%
  83. Northeastern University 1.84%
  84. University of Delaware 1.77%
  85. William Paterson University 1.71%
  86. Polk State College 1.71%
  87. Northeastern State University 1.69%
  88. Miami Dade College 1.69%
  89. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 1.66%
  90. St. Anselm College 1.65%
  91. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 1.64%
  92. University of Texas at El Paso 1.62%
  93. Norfolk State University 1.56%
  94. Texas A&M University-Central Texas 1.53%
  95. The University of Mary Washington 1.5%
  96. Creighton University 1.5%
  97. Ramapo College 1.47%
  98. University of Central Oklahoma 1.35%
  99. Florida Keys Community College 1.21%
  100. Santa Fe College 1.2%

Top 100 Campuses all time by total voters

  1. Miami Dade College 4268
  2. University of Florida 4242
  3. Harvard University 3057
  4. University of Akron 2184
  5. The University of Chicago 1976
  6. Elon University 1867
  7. Columbia University 1651
  8. University of Central Florida 1605
  9. Virginia Tech 1478
  10. Kutztown University 1471
  11. Brigham Young University 1459
  12. California Polytechnic State University 1422
  13. Towson University 1368
  14. Georgetown University 1308
  15. University of North Georgia 1256
  16. UNC Charlotte 1149
  17. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1123
  18. Hobart and William Smith Colleges 1088
  19. Vassar College 978
  20. Florida International University 870
  21. Florida Atlantic University 865
  22. Rollins College 822
  23. Stanford University 820
  24. Wake Tech Community College 804
  25. Juniata College 797
  26. The University of Miami 776
  27. Tallahassee Community College 743
  28. Florida State University 733
  29. The University of Virginia 724
  30. Christopher Newport University 710
  31. Mercer University 563
  32. American University 559
  33. San Francisco State University 555
  34. Elmhurst College 547
  35. James Madison University 544
  36. The College of William & Mary 535
  37. Radford University 534
  38. Virginia Commonwealth University 511
  39. Case Western Reserve University 508
  40. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 506
  41. St. Petersburg College 506
  42. Fort Hays State University 490
  43. The University of Kentucky 487
  44. Stetson University 460
  45. Trinity University 459
  46. Rutgers University Student Assembly 456
  47. Arizona State University 448
  48. The University of Denver 433
  49. Boston College 421
  50. Ivy Tech Community College 418
  51. Illinois State University 415
  52. Pomona College 413
  53. Washington University in St. Louis 413
  54. Middlebury College 411
  55. Adventist University of Health Sciences 386
  56. Longwood University 371
  57. Brown University 368
  58. University of Texas at Austin 363
  59. University of Nevada, Reno 359
  60. Hendrix College 352
  61. Wayne State University 351
  62. Polk State College 341
  63. University of Nebraska Omaha 340
  64. Clayton State University 337
  65. The Associated Students of Michigan State University 331
  66. St. Anselm College 330
  67. University of Idaho 327
  68. San José State University 325
  69. Dominican University of California 324
  70. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate 324
  71. Centre College 319
  72. Georgia Gwinnett College 318
  73. Northeastern University 313
  74. University of Texas at El Paso 308
  75. Broward College 306
  76. George Mason University 303
  77. West Chester University 292
  78. University of Delaware 287
  79. Salisbury University 280
  80. Occidental College 274
  81. California State University – San Bernardino 271
  82. Macomb Community College 257
  83. SUNY Geneseo 239
  84. Gallaudet University 236
  85. Frostburg State University 236
  86. Hillsborough Community College 227
  87. The University of Mary Washington 223
  88. New York University 222
  89. William Paterson University 218
  90. Palm Beach State College 218
  91. Seminole State College 216
  92. Bowdoin College 210
  93. Seton Hall University 209
  94. Santa Fe College 209
  95. Boise State University 209
  96. University of Central Oklahoma 202
  97. Missouri State University 199
  98. Clarkson University 197
  99. Birmingham Southern College 196
  100. Simpson College 195

Top 100 Campuses all time by percentage

  1. Hobart and William Smith Colleges 51.81%
  2. Juniata College 49.81%
  3. The Institute of Politics at Harvard University 42.46%
  4. Vassar College 40.75%
  5. The University of Chicago 36.59%
  6. Rollins College 32.88%
  7. Elon University 31.12%
  8. Pomona College 25.81%
  9. Hendrix College 23.47%
  10. University of North Georgia 23.26%
  11. Centre College 22.79%
  12. Columbia University 20.9%
  13. Trinity University 20.45%
  14. Dominican University of California 20.25%
  15. Stetson University 18.4%
  16. St. Anselm College 16.5%
  17. Middlebury College 16.44%
  18. Elmhurst College 16.09%
  19. Kutztown University 15.99%
  20. Birmingham Southern College 15.08%
  21. Christopher Newport University 14.2%
  22. Simpson College 13.%
  23. University of Florida 12.94%
  24. Occidental College 12.91%
  25. Adventist University of Health Sciences 12.87%
  26. Gallaudet University 12.59%
  27. New College of Florida 12.54%
  28. Mercer University 12.51%
  29. Case Western Reserve University 12.1%
  30. Marlboro College 11.91%
  31. Wheaton College 11.75%
  32. Stanford University 11.71%
  33. Bowdoin College 11.67%
  34. Ringling College 10.86%
  35. Marygrove College 10.%
  36. Bates College 10.%
  37. Olin College 9.21%
  38. Longwood University 9.05%
  39. University of Akron 8.88%
  40. Roanoke College 8.81%
  41. The University of Denver 8.49%
  42. American University 7.76%
  43. Georgetown University 7.69%
  44. The University of Miami 7.46%
  45. California Polytechnic State University 7.22%
  46. Association of Amherst Students 7.06%
  47. The University of Puget Sound 6.92%
  48. Saint Mary’s College of California 6.61%
  49. The College of William & Mary 6.45%
  50. Radford University 6.36%
  51. Clarkson University 6.35%
  52. Albright College 6.3%
  53. Towson University 6.22%
  54. Virginia Tech 6.18%
  55. Knox College 6.14%
  56. San Jose State University 6.13%
  57. Richard Bland College of William & Mary 5.68%
  58. Washington University in St. Louis 5.66%
  59. UNC Charlotte 5.42%
  60. Brigham Young University 5.21%
  61. Sewanee: The University of the South 5.07%
  62. The University of Mary Washington 5.07%
  63. The University of Virginia 4.96%
  64. Clayton State University 4.81%
  65. SUNY Geneseo 4.78%
  66. Fort Hays State University 4.76%
  67. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4.68%
  68. Boston College 4.68%
  69. North Central College 4.59%
  70. Frostburg State University 4.53%
  71. Miami Dade College 4.48%
  72. University of Saint Joseph 4.43%
  73. Goucher College 4.32%
  74. Brown University 4.27%
  75. Warren Wilson College 4.24%
  76. Wheelock College 4.22%
  77. Tallahassee Community College 4.2%
  78. Seton Hall University 3.94%
  79. Chatham University 3.87%
  80. School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3.73%
  81. Friends University 3.65%
  82. Palm Beach Atlantic University 3.56%
  83. Peru State College 3.53%
  84. University of Idaho 3.5%
  85. Salisbury University 3.5%
  86. Ferrum College 3.47%
  87. Wesleyan University 3.43%
  88. North Florida Community College 3.31%
  89. Florida Atlantic University 3.26%
  90. Wellesley College 3.26%
  91. Georgia Gwinnett College 3.24%
  92. University of Central Florida 3.15%
  93. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3.09%
  94. Ramapo College 2.95%
  95. Fashion Institute of Technology 2.92%
  96. Hastings College 2.92%
  97. James Madison University 2.73%
  98. West Chester University 2.43%
  99. The University of Kentucky 2.42%
  100. Florida International University 2.42%
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I’m excited to announce some big news! Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, we’re working with two national higher education networks to bring TurboVote to 100 new college and university partners this year.

NASPA and AASCU Partner with TurboVote

Our partnership with two of the giants in higher education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), will set a new standard for voter engagement in U.S. higher education. AASCU’s and NASPA’s support for our work sends an important message that democratic engagement should be a part of every student’s college experience. Check out the official press release about our partnership!

Keeping students engaged in EVERY election

This initiative could not have come at a better time. With midterm elections fast approaching, we are reminded of a key challenge in student voting: participation drops significantly in non-presidential years. While nearly two-thirds of college students voted in November 2012, only 27% did so in 2010. And turnout drops even lower in primary and municipal elections.

Studies suggest that these voting inconsistencies are tied to a lack of easy access to information. 66% of students who did not vote in 2010 missed the election for logistical reasons, according to a CIRCLE study. Some were away, some forgot. Only 12% reported that they missed the election because they were uninterested.

NASPA and AASCU have a proven record of promoting civic engagement in higher education, and their leadership will make it even easier for their member institutions to provide students with the materials and information they need to vote. This means that together, we can can increase—and maintain—voter participation on campus, even in midterms and local elections.

Supporting our growth

More than 90 schools have already signed on to be TurboVote partners in 2014. This puts us far ahead of where we were two years ago—at this point in 2012, only four schools were using TurboVote! Over 18 new institutions have already officially joined us through the NASPA and AASCU partnership alone.

It’s a lot of new growth, and we are expecting a lot more over the next six months. So I’m excited to introduce you to Adrienne Lever, who joined our team in January as Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships. She couldn’t have joined us at a better time—there’s nothing more valuable than getting powerful reinforcements as we prepare for our biggest year yet!

Help us reach more schools! Informational webinar tomorrow at 2pm!

We still have a lot of work to do to hit our goals and we need your help to spread the word. So please take a look at the list of TurboVote partners below. Do you know someone at an institution that is not yet using TurboVote? If so, please forward this email and invite them to join one of our informational webinars. These webinars are free and open to the public.

TurboVote Informational Webinar

Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 2pm EDT OR Friday, April 25th, 2014 @ 2pm EDT

RSVP to partnerships@turbovote.org

With your help, we can ensure that students across the country participate in the elections this year and that institutions are supporting habits that will lead to life-long civic engagement.

Thank you for being a part of this effort! And happy voting!

The complete list of TurboVote Partner Campuses

Albright College
Alvernia University
American University
Arizona State University
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Centre College
Chatham University
Christopher Newport University
Colby College
Colgate College
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Columbia University
Community College of Allegheny County
Dominican University of California
Eastern Michigan University
Elon University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Fort Hays State University
Franklin College
Frostburg State University
Gallaudet University
George Mason University
Harvard University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Illinois State University
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
James Madison University
Juniata College
Kutztown University
Longwood University
Lynn University
Marygrove College
Mercer University
Miami Dade college
Michigan State University
Missouri State University
Norfolk State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Kentucky University
Oakland University
Occidental College
Old Dominion University
Palm Beach State College
Polk State College
Pomona College
Radford University
Ramapo College
Roanoke College
Rollins College
Rowan University
Rutgers University
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Anselm College
Santa Fe College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seton Hall University
Simpson College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Tallahassee Community College
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University – Central Texas
The College at Brockport (SUNY)
Towson University
University of Akron
University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Michigan – Dearborn
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Florida
University of North Georgia
University of Puget Sound
University of Saint Joseph
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
University of Virginia
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Western Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wartburg College
Wayne State University
William Paterson University

A month ago, Roanoke College President Mike Maxey appointed a top administrator to make signing up for TurboVote part of the orientation process for every new student. Why? In his own words to The Roanoke Times: “It’s about building habits of citizenship from the start.”

TurboVote and President Maxey are leading a new effort to reinvent campus voter engagement. Technology has made engaging voters on campus easier than ever, but it can only achieve its potential when campus leaders are empowered to use it to its fullest extent.

President Maxey is not alone. He, 10 other college presidents, and 35 student body presidents from across the country are joining together to launch The New Standard for Campus Voter Engagement. The New Standard is simple: every college should provide each student with all the information and materials that he or she needs to vote in every election, from local to presidential.

Show your support by signing on at newstandard.turbovote.org

Here’s the good news: every college in America can meet The New Standard by fall 2014 if they start taking steps now to institutionalize voter engagement in the class registration or freshman orientation processes. Our work with 58 colleges last year taught us an important lesson: investing a little bit of time in strategic outreach can engage many more voters than countless hours of less-focused work. And by far the most effective tactic schools could employ was to seamlessly embed voter engagement into key processes—like class registration and freshman orientation—that every student needs to pass through.

Together, we can make that happen. Alumni, students, faculty, and administrators speaking out in support of long-term voter engagement can empower campus leaders to take action.

The New Standard is already catching on nationwide. Last month, former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) and former Congressman Lou Frey (R-FL) sent a letter in support of the New Standard to every college president in the state of Florida. Monday morning, President Duncan of Rollins College sent a letter to all presidents in the Associated Colleges of the South encouraging them to sign on as well. Campus Compact, the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment networks, and the National Campus Leadership Council are all working to get their member schools on board.

But just as importantly, it’s also catching on in the local communities where the impact will be felt. In Roanoke, President Maxey was empowered to take action by a community meeting where civic leaders cheered on the efforts of Maxey and other local leaders in higher education to institutionalize voter engagement.

TurboVote’s work with colleges started over a year ago, when Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón decided to partner with us to institutionalize voter engagement across all eight MDC campuses. As president of the largest college in America—MDC has over 174,000 students—Padrón knows as well as anyone that institutional action is required in order to make big change. His actions are the embodiment of President Maxey’s remarks.

“Good habits of citizenship aren’t just for individuals,” he says. “They’re for institutions too.”

Can you sign on to The New Standard and send it to every university administrator, student leader, and faculty member you know? newstandard.turbovote.org

Today’s blog post comes to us from Josh Young, Director of Miami Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy.  Josh is a remarkable leader in the field of civic education on both a national and regional level.  For more information feel free to contact Josh at jyoung@mdc.edu / 305-237-7477.

Miami Dade College is like most higher education institutions in that unfortunately the only time there is a real buzz about voting and voter registration is every four years in the fall term prior to a presidential election.

MDC joined TurboVote in the winter of 2012, and we are proud that more than 2,400 of our students signed up during the fall term. We knew, however, that we could do better  for two reasons:

  1. We have a huge student population spread among eight campuses, and 2,400 students is just a small fraction of those eligible to participate in TurboVote.
  2. We wanted to make voting and voter registration a hallmark of the student experience at MDC.

With this in mind, we recently convened 70 students, deans, directors, faculty, students, and staff from all eight of our campuses.

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The goals of this meeting were twofold:

  1. Identify how MDC can integrate TurboVote in the admissions/registration/orientation processes so that every student receives all the information and materials to vote in every election, and
  2. Develop an implementation plan to ensure that MDC is a national leader in higher education in student voter registration and participation.

The meeting was extremely successful because we were able to do a demonstration of TurboVote so everyone fully understood how it worked, and we were able to secure buy-in from key leaders throughout the college – such as student and academic deans, student life directors, registrars, chief information officers, directors of media relations, the college webmaster, campus presidents, civic engagement office directors, and many others.

We are now hard at work on an implementation plan, and we also will be naming a college-wide TurboVote implementation committee, and identify a point person for TurboVote on each campus. We are identifying where we can infuse TurboVote in the admission, orientation, and registration processes so every student is invited to sign up.