University of San Francisco Named to Washington Monthly’s 2018 America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting

Guide features first-ever rankings of best colleges for student voting

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 5, 2018) — On November 1st, the University of San Francisco (USF) was named to Washington Monthly’s 2018 America’s Best Colleges For Student Voting. A part of The College Guide and Rankings – which rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research, and public service – this is a first-of-its-kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens.

“Since launching last year, USF Votes has registered more than 3,600 eligible students on campus to vote,” stated David Donahue, senior director of USF’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. “With so much at stake in the upcoming midterm elections, registering is only the first step. The staff and team of students with USF Votes have been educating the campus about issues and candidates and are ready to rally turnout at the polls on November 6.”

USF’s inclusion on the list demonstrates the commitment the university has made to promote civic engagement among the student body, encouraging students to vote and actively participate in community decisions.

According to Washington Monthly, “ Since voting habits tend to crystallize in young adulthood—vote in one election, and you’re far more likely to do so again—colleges and universities have an unparalleled opportunity to create voters not just for the next election, but for life. The colleges that invest in student voting aren’t just helping their Washington Monthly rankings—they’re helping the country.”

Ensuring that the nation’s young people – it’s future leaders – are inspired to engage civically is key to strengthening democracy. On many college and university campuses, less than half of eligible student voters exercise their democratic right to cast a ballot in presidential elections.

To do its part in improving youth civic engagement, USF participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), which offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates.

USF also participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan awards program recognizing colleges and universities for improving civic learning, political engagement, and student voting rates. As a part of this initiative, students, faculty, and staff have worked together to develop and implement an action plan to improve practice and change culture. Through our efforts, we have committed to graduating active and informed citizens.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit