About The Challenge:
The Chicago Campus Voting Challenge was a nonpartisan competition among higher education institutions in Chicago committed to increasing student voter participation and engagement for the November 3, 2020, general election. America’s Urban Campus, Chicago’s consortium of higher education institutions, facilitated this voting challenge in collaboration with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national nonpartisan nonprofit, and Campus Compact Illinois.
Awards for Chicago and Illinois were given in a virtual ceremony on November 9th, 2021 to recognize both 4-year institutions and 2-year institutions, including highest voter turnout, most improved voter turnout, and the highest rate of voter registration –and based on student voter participation in the November 2020 election using data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, (NSLVE).
In all, 21 campuses participated in the 2020 Chicago Campus Challenge, Click here for a list of the participating schools and statistics from both 2018 and 2020.
Gold Seal: Campuses with 70%–79% voter participation or higher in the 2020 Presidential Election.
- Columbia College Chicago
- DePaul University
- Loyola University Chicago
Silver Seal: Campuses with 60%–69% voter participation or higher in the 2020 Presidential Election.
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- National Louis University
- Roosevelt University
- University of Illinois at Chicago
Bronze Seal: Campuses with 50%–59% voter participation or higher in the 2020 Presidential Election.
- City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
- City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College
Chicago & Illinois Voting Challenge Awards:
Best Action Plan 4-Year Institution: The University of Illinois at Chicago
Highest Voter Registration Rate 2-Year Institution: City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College
Highest Voter Registration Rate 4-Year Institution: Columbia College Chicago
Most Improved Voter Turnout 4-Year Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Chicago Voting Challenge Awards:
Best Action Plan 2-Year Institution: City Colleges of Chicago
Highest Voter Turnout 4-Year Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Illinois Voting Challenge Awards:
Best Action Plan 2-Year Institution: Sauk Valley Community College
Most Improved Voter Turnout 2-Year Institution: Heartland Community College
Highest Voter Turnout 2-Year Institution: Waubonsee Community College