Parents, Families, Support People

Many folks may be wondering how to count their students for the 2020 Census, the once a decade count of everyone living in the United States. For every census, college students often have questions about where to count themselves, these questions may be particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and students who may be at home while UNC is delivering most courses online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. The official guidance from both US Census Bureau and UNC is: “students that normally live at school should be counted at school even if you are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For students normally living on campus in UNC’s Residence Halls, Arlington Park Apartments or University Owned Houses, UNC’s Housing & Residential Education staff will take care of reporting student census information. Students will be reported on where they live on campus, even if they have checked out due to the pandemic, are planning to check out soon, or haven’t returned from spring break. For students living off campus, you should receive an invitation in the mail to respond to the census and you can respond in three ways online by phone or by mail. We want to make sure students are counted where they normally live because those responses impact several billions of dollars in federal funding and how it be distributed, including to community and school services like safety, mental health services, and Pell grants. Want to learn more? Check out these videos:
"What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place"
"Census 2020 - Jerry"

All Students

Make sure you are counted at UNC on the 2020 Census. The census is the once a decade count of everyone living in the United States, every ten years college student wonder where to count themselves, these questions may be particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and students who may be at home while UNC is delivering most courses online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. The official guidance from both US Census Bureau and UNC is: “students that normally live at school should be counted at school even if you are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

If you live in UNC’s Residence Halls, Arlington Park Apartments or University Owned Houses, UNC’s Housing & Residential Education staff will take care of reporting your census information. Students will be reported on where they live on campus, even if they have checked out due to the pandemic, are planning to check out soon, or haven’t returned from spring break. For students living off campus, you should receive an invitation in the mail to respond to the census and you can respond in three ways online by phone or by mail. We want to make sure students are counted where they normally live because those responses impact several billions of dollars in federal funding and how it be distributed, including to community and school services like safety, mental health services, and Pell grants. Want to learn more? Check out this video
“What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place”
"Census 2020 - Jerry"