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Shape Your Future – Every Bulldog Counts.

2020 Census

What is the census?

The Census counts everyone in the United States and its territories every 10 years.  The U.S. Census Bureau asks that students who are living away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020. International students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.


How does it affect me?

An accurate count affects the allocation of funding for campus improvements, student loans, and Pell grants.


How does it affect CC?

Census data impacts funding for things like:

  • School safety
  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Adult education grants
  • Agriculture, science, and engineering education
  • Community mental health services
  • Student wellness programs
  • Medical Assistance Program
  • School breakfast and lunch and after-school programs
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program


When can I respond to the census?

This year, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online for the first time starting March 12. Census day on campus will be April 1. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the Census in less time than it  takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll also still  be able to respond by mail. 


How do I respond to the 2020 Census?

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone or by mail.

The 2020 Census marks the first time you will be invited to respond online—even on your mobile device. The online form is available in many different languages. Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV for more information about responding online.

As the 2020 Census approaches, we will continue to share information about how you can make sure our university community is fully represented and what is happening on campus.


How does COVID-19 affect the Census?

In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of this process.  Even if they are home on census day, April 1, they should be counted according to the residence criteria which states they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time. We are asking schools to contact their students and remind them to respond.

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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re working with group quarters administrators to ensure we count their residents.

The 2020 Census is designed to offer multiple ways to respond. We’re encouraging administrators of group housing to choose a way to count their residents that requires less in-person contact.

For the “group quarters” operation, which counts people in nursing homes, college dorms, prisons and other institutional living facilities, we offer a myriad of ways to respond, such as via eResponse, paper listing or self-enumeration by the facility.

We’re contacting all group quarters administrators that have requested an in-person visit and asking them to consider an eResponse or offering to drop off and later pick up paper forms to minimize in person contact with our census staff.


Is my information safe?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.


What will I be asked?

You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.


What won't I be asked?

The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.