Your Role in the 2020 Census
Your response matters.
On-Campus StudentsStudents who live on campus will be automatically counted through WKU Housing & Residence Life and do not need to take any other action.
Off-Campus StudentsStudents who live in off-campus housing – such as a rental apartment or house – need to respond to the census themselves. Residents should work together to fill out one questionnaire per household, including everyone who lives in the household.
Parents/GuardiansParents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year. They should not list college students studying or living away or abroad on April 1.
+ U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.
The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.