Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University Earns Highest Student Voting Rates in the United States

Academics, Mission & Ministry, Service Learning, Student Life

By: Keith Lanser

File Under: engagement, recognition, student life

According to a recent report published by the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, Mount St. Joseph University students had a voter registration rate of 85.7 percent in 2016 and an overall voting rate of 65.2 percent.

The Mount’s voting rate was 14.8 percent higher than the voting rate for all higher education institutions nation-wide, and 13.7 percent higher that the voting rate for all private master’s institutions.

The success of these high rating is attributed to several concerted efforts with students on and off campus in 2016, including:

  • voter registration assistance, absentee ballot assistance, and a complimentary election day polling location shuttle
  • academic election engagement in specific disciplined-based courses, such as education, social work, and service learning
     
  • celebration of National Voter Registration Day
     
  • debate watch parties, and viewing party for election night results.

“As part of our mission and liberal arts education at the Mount, we believe it is essential for our students to participate in the democratic process. Today's students are the largest age cohorts in the country," said Keith Lanser, manager of service learning & civic engagement. "If students want to change the world, they need to vote. The Mount is proud to prepare our students to participate in our democracy, as well as serve in our communities for the common good.”

In March 2017, the Mount was designated a Voter Friendly Campus by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) due to its commitment to election engagement, making the Mount one of only 83 colleges and universities in the country to receive this prestigious designation, which is valid through 2018.