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Your Role in the 2020 Census

2020 Census

Your Role in the 2020 Census



Your response matters.

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of the community.

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on campus students

On-Campus Students

Students who live on campus will be automatically counted through WKU Housing & Residence Life and do not need to take any other action.
off campus students

Off-Campus Students

Students 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 or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school yearThey 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.




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 mail, or by phone.


Learn More  Explore the Form

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.


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 Last Modified 3/24/20