Carolina Census

September 25, 2020

A Message from UNC Student Affairs and Community Relations

The 2020 Census is critical for North Carolina. It will determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes NC gets, and how much federal funding the state receives for critical public services such as schools, roads, hospitals, and emergency response services. Demographic data from the Census is used by businesses to determine where to open new locations and by emergency management services to understand the needs of people after hurricanes and floods.

It’s very important to ensure every student on our campus is counted.

The 2020 Census ends on September 30, 2020, and counts where you were living on April 1, 2020. You can fill out the Census at

If you haven’t responded yet, this email shares guidance on how to respond based on your housing situation:

If you were living on campus, including Granville Towers or in fraternity and sorority houses in March 2020, before the residence halls closed, you do not need to respond to the Census. You will be counted by the University.

If you were living in an off-campus apartment or home in March 2020—and were there on April 1, 2020 or would have been there had it not been for COVID-19--you should respond to the 2020 census with that address. Visit and enter the 12-digit code mailed to your home or apartment. If you don’t have a code, click “Start Questionnaire,” and there is an option to indicate that you do not have a Census ID. Ideally, one person should respond on behalf of everyone who was living in the house on April 1, 2020. If it is not possible to coordinate with your roommates, everyone should respond, and the Census Bureau will eliminate duplicate responses.

If you are an international student attending UNC-Chapel Hill, you should be counted according to the guidance above, regardless of your current residence or your permanent residency.

If you were studying abroad and returned to the United States by April 1, you should be counted where you were living on April 1.

If you are a first year at Carolina, you should be counted where you were living April 1. You can check with your family and ensure that they have responded to the Census and counted you.

No matter where you live or how your response is submitted, all information is kept completely confidential.

For more information about responding to the 2020 Census, please watch this video or visit



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