A Call to be Counted: 2020 US Census

April 9, 2020

Dear Wildcats:

We hope you are all safe and well in this challenging time for the nation. Please know we miss you and our thoughts are with you and your families. Stay safe.

Every ten years, the country is required by federal law to count the number of people living in the United States. 2020 is a Census year.

Why is it important for you to be counted in the 2020 Census? Your participation helps to make sure our community continues to receive the federal funding and resources needed to support our community, such as medical services, infrastructure/roads and education assistance, including Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans.

The US Census Bureau directs all college students to be counted in the municipalities where they reside as of April 1 of the Census year. The pandemic prompted most of you to relocate – which makes for a challenge. No matter where you are now, you are to be counted by the Census where you would have been living as of April 1 – UNH owned campus housing or off-campus housing – if you had not relocated because of the pandemic.

  • On-Campus Housing: If you would have been living in UNH housing (residence hall or UNH apartments), UNH administrators will include you in their count – You do not need to respond to the Census.
  • Sorority or fraternity housing: If you would have been living in a sorority or fraternity, UNH administrators will include you in their count – You do not need to respond to the Census. 
  • Off-Campus Housing: If you would have been living in off-campus housing (for example, the Cottages, Madbury Commons, privately owned houses or apartments), you need to respond to the Census using the address where you would have been living, not the location you relocated to because of the pandemic. Please note that each household or unit (apartment) address needs one person to respond and list all roommates or housemates. This means you will need to gather information from each of them to include their name, date of birth, age, and ethnic origin.

If you do not live in UNH Housing go to www.2020Census.gov to complete the Census form for your household or apartment where you would be living if the pandemic had not caused you to relocate. This video message also provides information to help you understand what you need to do. Thank you for your good help.

With best wishes from Durham,

John T. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost for Student Life

and Dean of Students