Whether you want to be the next President of the United States or simply want to change the time the student union closes, college student government can be your ticket to change. There are, however, a few steps one can follow to run for college student government to make the road to success a little easier.

Find out when elections are held at your institutions, many colleges hold elections at the end of the spring semester. Visit your college government office or website for details.

Decide which position in student government appeals reasonably to your schedule and aptitudes. Review the duties of the position before deciding to run for office.

Obtain an application for appointment or nomination from your student government office and read the qualifications. Fill out the application thoroughly and keep a copy for your records and for your information.

Begin a campaign strategy to help get you elected to office. Appoint a knowledgeable friend or acquaintance to act as your campaign manager.

Visit as many college clubs and organizations as possible to help get your face out there. Listen to the complaints of student body and develop a plan to change as many of their concerns as you can. Advertise yourself as the answer to their problems.

Maintain proper campaign procedure, including budget and campaign materials. Refer to your student government election information for guidelines and adhere strictly to them. Avoid slandering of illegal campaign conduct to avoid being disqualified.

Run a truthful and honest campaign, but stay vigorous and ruthless in your pursuit of victory. Stay abreast on the information of the other candidates and modify your campaign when necessary to reflect the changing student body climate.


  • Try to hit up as many of the fraternities and sororities. They often have someone they are looking to endorse, so this is a good way to garner some financial support and bring in big numbers and influence on campus.

  • Talk to professors and current administrators about what they foresee as problems with the student body and government and compare this information with what you hear from the student body.

  • Don't forget about the smaller organizations and multi-cultural groups on campus, as they generally get overlooked by people trying to run large scale campaigns.

  • Set up a website for your campaign and have someone knowledgeable maintain it with up to date information.