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College Republicans are college and university students who support the Republican Party of the United States.[1] Many members belong to the organization College Republican National Committee (CRNC), College Republicans United (CRU), or various independent statewide organizations and campus clubs. The College Republicans are known as an active recruiting tool for the party and have produced many prominent Republican and conservative activists and introduced more party members to the Republican party than any other organizations in the nation.[2]

Notable Organizations

As of 2021, notable national College Republican organizations include:

As of 2021, notable independent state College Republican organizations include:

Governance of organizations

College Republican National Committee (CRNC)

The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is a national steering organization and oversight body for 46 state federations, 1,500 campus chapters, and 250,000 College Republicans in the country.[8][9] The CRNC National Chairman and his or her national leadership team, including an executive director, political director, finance director, comptroller, national field director, national treasurer, national secretary, and 4 regional vice-chairs, are elected at the bi-annual College Republican Convention and are assisted by a full-time office staff.[9]

College Republicans United (CRU)

College Republicans United (CRU) is a national organization and oversight body for 4 state federations and 40 chapters across the United States.[10] CRU is run by a Board of Directors, of which each state federation chairman elects to represent them at the committee.

State federations

There are 52 College Republican state federations, each either affiliated with the CRNC, CRU, or independent. Each federation administers the College Republican activities at the state level, and in the District of Columbia. The state federations of New York,[11] Texas,[12] Mississippi,[13] and North Dakota,[14] as well as the federation for U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,[15] are independent from the CRNC and CRU. The state federation leadership team, which includes a state chairperson and other officers, serve as the primary link between local university chapters and the national College Republican National Committee.[8] The state chairman serves as the representative for College Republicans when dealing with the state Republican Party, local media, and governmental entities. State federations are responsible for organizing and assisting local chapters with securing proper credentials, recruitment efforts, and campus voter canvasses.[8] It is a state federation's responsibility to organize and implement activities for statewide campaigns.[8] Like the national organization, state federations operate as non-profit associations that are not legally affiliated with the Republican Party.[8]

Campus chapters

The college and university-based chapters of College Republicans operate in a dual capacity as student clubs associated with a particular campus and as members of their state federation and, if applicable, the CRNC or CRU.[8] Like the state federations and national committees, the campus chapters are affiliated with their local Republican Party, but are not official arms of that organization.[8] The chapter chairperson and leadership team are responsible for maintaining the campus club's credentials and constitution, and representing the College Republicans when dealing with university administration, other student groups, and in the surrounding community.[8] The campus chapter leadership team might include many members, with administrative responsibilities delegated to dormitory and Greek chapter chairpersons.

Notable members

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Recruiting new members at Ohio State University.
Recruiting new members at Ohio State University.

During election season, campus chapters are responsible for organizing and implementing the campus canvas, running mock elections, managing the local get-out-the-vote efforts. At other times, the campus chapters will organize issue advocacy and lobbying efforts, welcome conservative guest speakers to campus, and organize social events and other recruitment activities.

Generally, the hired field representative or chapter chair begins the school year with membership tables on campus for recruitment. Members use door-to-door canvassing and word of mouth to identify and register as many Republican voters among the student body as possible.[2] These individuals are encouraged to vote through an absentee ballot and assist the candidates with election day Get Out The Vote efforts. Chapters occasionally run student mock elections and other special events as a means to gain positive earned media attention for a candidate.[2]


See also


  1. ^ Schor, Elana (2005-07-06). "With College Republicans, Keg Parties Are Smart Strategy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  2. ^ a b c Stewart, Scott (2002-06-24). "The College Republicans – A Brief History" (PDF). College Republican National Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-07-02. Retrieved 2008-09-04. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Arizona College Republicans consider breaking from national organization". The Arizona State Press. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  4. ^ "The GOP is watering the seeds of white supremacy on college campuses". Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  5. ^ "UC mandates COVID-19 vaccinations and will bar most students without them from campus". Los Angeles Times. 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  6. ^ Reagan, Matthew (2021-08-30). "Are young voters the key to Gavin Newsom surviving the recall?". CalMatters. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  7. ^ "Rep. Paul Gosar, who has white supremacist ties, to speak to California College Republicans". Los Angeles Times. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Stewart, Scott (Fall 2002). "College Republicans Chapter Manual" (PDF). College Republican National Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-06-13. Retrieved 2008-09-27. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ a b "The CRNC Team". College Republican National Committee. Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
  10. ^ "Republicans United". Republicans United. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  11. ^ New York College Republicans [@NYFCRs] (2021-07-24). "*BREAKING* NYFCR chapters unanimously vote to withdraw from @CRNC! #NewYorkFirst #LeadRight" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-08-01. Retrieved 2021-09-05 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Texas Federation of College Republicans [@txfcr] (2021-08-16). "Following a unanimous vote of the SCREC, the Texas Federation of College Republicans, and its chapters, are now fully independent and disassociated from the @CRNC" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-08-29. Retrieved 2021-09-05 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Mississippi Federation of College Republicans [@missfcr] (2021-07-20). "The Mississippi Federation of College Republicans has unanimously voted to leave the @CRNC and sent the attached letter via email earlier this afternoon." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-08-15. Retrieved 2021-09-05 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ North Dakota College Republicans [@ndcrofficial] (2021-07-22). "For Immediate Release:" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-08-29. Retrieved 2021-09-05 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Soto, Melvin [@realMelvinSoto] (2021-08-21). "BREAKING: The Puerto Rico College Republicans (@crfpuertorico) have officially voted to secede from the College Republican National Committee (@CRNC), after a majority vote of 89% in tonight's convention" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2021-08-29. Retrieved 2021-09-05 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Dedman, Bill (2007-05-09). "Reading Hillary Clinton's hidden thesis". NBC News. Retrieved 2008-04-16.