A cornerstone of Suffolk’s identity is civic engagement and encouraging students to participate in the democratic process, which includes voting in elections. However, one of the most basic steps—registering to vote—can sometimes be a confusing process. This is especially true for college students, many of whom are away from home and may have never registered before.
To help students navigate this important civic process, Suffolk University created “Suffolk Votes,” a university-wide initiative supported by the Center for Community Engagement, the Political Science & Legal Studies Department, and the Institute for Public Service. The initiative is made up of faculty, staff, and student leaders who educate and engage the Suffolk community in the voting process by making it as easy as possible.
Suffolk's Voter Participation
Suffolk University has received the silver seal by the All-In Campus Challenge for our voter registration and engagement efforts in 2016 and 2018, and the bronze seal in 2020. Suffolk has been recognized by Washington Monthly Magazine in 2020 and 2021 as one of "America's Best Colleges for Student Voting."
Most recently, Suffolk was named one of the "Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting" by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for our 2022 voter engagement efforts.
Suffolk University is also part of the National Survey of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) that tracks our voter participation and turnout nationally.