Voting Facts & Data

               Yale participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), conducted by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. The NSLVE is a robust study of college and university student voting and service to more 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities nationally in all 50 states and the District of Columbiaoffering colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates, and also provides closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting. With a database of around 10 million student records (more than half of the degree-seeking students in the U.S.) for each of the past four federal elections, NSLVE has proven itself a significant database for research.

               By supplying tailored NSLVE reports to each participating campus, IDHE is catalyzing change at the institutional level and in U.S. higher education more broadly. Educators and students use their NSLVE data to teach about democracy in the classroom and beyond, to increase political learning across disciplines, to benchmark student voter participation, to inform accreditation reports, and to challenge unfair state or local voting laws, among many other examples. The reports can also be used to identify gaps in student participation based on age, class level, field of study, race/ethnicity, and gender, an important step in higher education’s obligation to advance a more just and representational democracy. 

Click below to view available NSLVE reports for Yale University:

2014 and 2018 NSLVE Reports for Yale University (PDF)

*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. However, neither IDHE nor Yale receives any information that could individually identify students or how they voted.