WASHINGTON (AP) - As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama's campaign will be there waiting for them.

Obama aides sees college campuses as fertile ground for registering and recruiting some of the more than 15 million young people who have become eligible to vote since the 2008 election. As Republicans hold their party convention in Florida this week, the president is making a personal appeal to college voters with stops in three university towns: Ames, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Charlottesville, Va.

Obama's victory four years ago was propelled in part by his overwhelming support among college-age voters, and polls show him leading Republican rival Mitt Romney with that group in this year's race for the White House.