Students Recognized for Voter Turnout in 2008
College was recently named among the institutional winners
of the 2008 Campus Votes Challenge, a nationwide competition
to encourage voting among students during the last presidential
The competition, which was administered
by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at
Tufts University, recognized Smith in the category of institutions
enrolling between 2,000 and 5,000 students, along with Hamline
University, St. Paul, Minn. Also recognized were Lesley University
and Manchester College, both in the category of schools enrolling
fewer than 2,000 students; and Clemson University, Kennesaw
State University and Tufts University, which each enroll
more than 5,000 students.
The seven winning schools demonstrated
a voter turnout among students of more than 70 percent in
the election—significantly higher than
the 59.7 percent average among 18- to 24-year-old college
students, according to the Tisch College Center for Information
and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).
Campus Votes Challenge drew participation from more than
40 undergraduate colleges and universities nationwide.