2020 Census at Coppin State University
Whether you live on or off campus or at home with family, you need to be counted in the 2020 Census.
You should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, even if you are temporarily staying elsewhere.
Your Response Matters
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
This video presents a quick overview of the 2020 Census including how it's used and the types of questions it asks.
What You Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place
Students affected by college and university closures that normally live at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Housing Facilities
If you live in student housing—on or off campus—U.S. Census Bureau employees will work with a representative from your building to ensure you are counted in the 2020 Census.
College, university, and seminary student housing includes residence halls, apartments where students enter “by the bed” leases (i.e., single-liability leases), and fraternity and sorority housing recognized by the college or university.
The point of contact for your student housing facility may distribute the census questionnaire to your room for you to complete, or the school will provide the Census Bureau with directory information about you.
Even if you are away from your student housing due to your school being temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you will be counted at the student housing where you usually live.
If you live in an off-campus residence that is not specifically for college students—such as a private house or apartment—you should respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau will send an invitation in the mail to your household to respond to the census starting in mid-March 2020.
You should count yourself at your off-campus address even if you go elsewhere for school breaks or if you are temporarily staying elsewhere, including with your parents, if your school is closed due to COVID-19.
One person from your shared apartment or house should fill out the census questionnaire on behalf of your household and include information on everyone who lives there. If you are not sure whether your roommate has already responded for you, please respond and include everyone who normally lives with you at school. We have tools to unduplicate your responses. We would rather eliminate duplicates than miss you or your roommates entirely.
If you live off campus with your family throughout the school year, your family should count you on its census questionnaire.
International students living in the United States should follow the appropriate guidance for their housing situation. College students who are living outside the United States while attending college on April 1, 2020, are not counted in the census.
Respond to the Census
The 2020 Census is happening now. Complete your questionnaire online.
Statistics from the 2020 Census will impact funding for critical college student programs including:
- School safety.
- Mental health services.
- Student wellness programs.
- Federal Pell Grant Program.
- Adult education grants.
- Agriculture, science, and engineering education.
Your college community can use census statistics to:
- Support community initiatives.
- Demonstrate need to help nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups.
- Decide whether to expand college facilities.