College Republicans

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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 organization in the nation.[2]

Notable Organizations[edit]

As of 2021, notable national College Republican organizations include:

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

Governance of organizations[edit]

College Republican National Committee (CRNC)[edit]

The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is a national steering organization and oversight body for 15 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)[edit]

College Republicans United (CRU) is a national organization and oversight body for 6 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.[citation needed]

State federations[edit]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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[edit]


  1. ^ Schor, Elana (July 6, 2005). "With College Republicans, Keg Parties Are Smart Strategy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Stewart, Scott (June 24, 2002). "The College Republicans – A Brief History" (PDF). College Republican National Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2005. Retrieved September 4, 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Arizona College Republicans consider breaking from national organization". The Arizona State Press. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "The GOP is watering the seeds of white supremacy on college campuses". Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "UC mandates COVID-19 vaccinations and will bar most students without them from campus". Los Angeles Times. July 15, 2021. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  6. ^ Reagan, Matthew (August 30, 2021). "Are young voters the key to Gavin Newsom surviving the recall?". CalMatters. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  7. ^ "Rep. Paul Gosar, who has white supremacist ties, to speak to California College Republicans". Los Angeles Times. June 30, 2021. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  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 June 13, 2004. Retrieved September 27, 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ a b "The CRNC Team". College Republican National Committee. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  10. ^ "Republicans United". Republicans United. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  11. ^ New York College Republicans [@NYFCRs] (July 24, 2021). "*BREAKING* NYFCR chapters unanimously vote to withdraw from @CRNC! #NewYorkFirst #LeadRight" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 1, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Texas Federation of College Republicans [@txfcr] (August 16, 2021). "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 August 29, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Mississippi Federation of College Republicans [@missfcr] (July 20, 2021). "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 August 15, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ North Dakota College Republicans [@ndcrofficial] (July 22, 2021). "For Immediate Release:" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 29, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Soto, Melvin [@realMelvinSoto] (August 21, 2021). "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 August 29, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Twitter.

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