Ticket lottery

Tickets to the presidential debates are managed by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

UPDATE, OCT. 5, 2016 — Students entered in the ticket lottery have received instructions telling them what they need to do to participate on debate day, Oct. 9. No tickets have been assigned or distributed. If you receive an email or other communication indicating that you have been selected to receive a ticket or that tickets are available for purchase or trade, it is a scam. Do not click on suspicious links.

If the CPD gives Washington University tickets to the debate on Oct. 9 — and there is never a guarantee that the university will receive any tickets — they will be distributed only to current graduate and undergraduate students via a computerized lottery. Administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the public were not eligible for the lottery. No debate tickets are available to the public through Washington University.

Students interested in receiving a debate ticket were required to register their interest in a ticket by 12 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Only those students who met the deadline and were currently enrolled at Washington University at the time are eligible for tickets.

All students who entered the lottery received an email notification on September 29, 2016.