University of Charleston

Charleston, WV, November 21, 2019 — At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, the University of Charleston received a bronze seal for achieving a student voting rate of between 20% and 29%.

The University of Charleston increased its voting rate by eight percentage points, from 19.1% in 2014 to 27.1% in 2018.  According to the study, the 2018 voting rate for all institutions was 39.1%.

“As part of this study we have collected data about voter participation and engagement at the University of Charleston from 2014 to the 2018 Midterm elections,” stated Kara Fisher, Instructor of Political Science at UC. “The exciting news is that our engagement has increased during this time and we have received a bronze seal recognition.”

According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%.

“We are excited to honor the University of Charleston with an ALL IN Challenge bronze seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like UC are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.

More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.