Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases, students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to COVID-19. Census operations have been adjusted; self-response online, by phone, or by mail will be available through October 31. You Count Here!


Your participation helps ensure your voice as a member of the Wildcat community. The Census data gathered in the coming months will determine our congressional representation, inform how hundreds of billions of federal dollars will be spent and will provide data that will impact our community for the next decade.


The census is a rare opportunity, it only comes around every 10 years. Responses are used to understand who we are, where we live, and how we’re growing as a community and play an important role in shaping the next 10 years of our lives.




You can stay up to day on the current 2020 Census self-response rates!

National Timeline



March 12-20, 2020

Check your mailbox! You will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond.





April 1, 2020

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate; you may respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.





August-October 2020

Census takers will visit houses and apartments off-campus that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. Census takers will continue conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.



  • Yes, you should still fill out the census. Please fill out the census for the location you would have normally lived in for the majority of the year. The situation with COVID-19 has made this confusing since most students were asked to leave their campuses because of the virus. However, the U.S. Census Bureau requests that you fill out the questionnaire as if COVID-19 had not occurred, which means you would have used your campus address as the place you were located most of the year.  The Census Bureau has methods to track duplication and they will have the ability to recognize which address you are listed on is actually the correct one.

Census data makes sure you have the voice you deserve in Congress by helping to divide the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states.

  • Census data also helps to ensure billions of dollars of federal and state funding go where they are needed to improve your community.  For more details, visit
  • You live here, you count!


  • Every person living anywhere in the United States and five U.S. territories will be counted in the 2020 Census.

If you live off-campus, there are 3 easy ways to do your part and respond to the 2020 Census:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

For now, just keep an eye out.  In mid-March, the Census Bureau will begin distributing detailed information about where & how to respond. If you live in on-campus dorms, you will be automatically counted by the University, but:

  • Make sure others know they should not count you at their home, even if they claim you as a dependent on their taxes.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States on April 1, no matter where they are from or why they are here in the United States. This includes international students. More information is available here.

Title 13, U.S. Code Chapter 1, Section 9 of Title 13, U.S. Code states:

  • “Neither the Secretary, nor any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, or local government census liaison, may, except as provided in section 8 or 16 or chapter 10 of this title . . . 1) use the information furnished under the provisions of this title for any purpose other than the statistical purposes for which it is supplied; or 2) make any publication whereby the data furnished by any particular establishment or individual under this title can be identified; or 3) permit anyone other than the sworn officers and employees of the Department or bureau or agency thereof to examine the individual reports.”
  • See more at:
  1. Please visit and click the blue button that says "Start Questionnaire".
  2. Then, click where it says "If you do not have a Census ID, click here."
  3. From there, fill out the survey using information about the address where you live and sleep most of the time during the year


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Wildcats, You Count Here!