Following the 2020 presidential election, Wake Forest University has been included in Washington Monthly’s – a nonprofit magazine that covers government and political issues – “2022 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll”.
This marks the third time WFU has been recognized on the Honor Roll, after first making the list in 2020 and again in 2021. Wake Forest joins 10 other schools from the state of North Carolina and was one of 230 schools selected from across the country.
The Monthly compiled its 2022 list with information from both the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, which helps schools develop registration and turnout plans, and The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific and registration and voting rates registration numbers.
The listed schools met multiple criteria. They submitted their ALL IN action plans for 2020 and 2022 and are currently enrolled and signed up to receive NSLVE data about their own campus registration and turnout rates. In short, selected schools have shown a repeated commitment to increase student voting – and have been transparent about the results.
The list is ordered by student voter registration rate. Following the 2020 presidential election, Wake Forest secured a student voting rate of 78.2%, outpacing the national average for voting engagement (66%), as noted by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education.
The Office of Civic & Community Engagement at Wake Forest is home to Deacs Decide, a highly collaborative campus-wide political engagement project. The program aims to raise awareness about issues at stake in the 2020 election; educate the campus and Winston-Salem community about candidates; and register students, faculty, and staff to vote. For more information about Wake Forest’s voter registration and education initiatives, visit Deacs Decide.