Be Counted

In light of COVID-19, our recommendations for Harvard community members responding to the 2020 census can be found here.


› If you live in off-campus housing that is not owned, leased, or managed by your college or university, such as a private house that you share with other students or a privately owned apartment, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail beginning in mid March 2020. You should count yourself at your off-campus address, even if you spend time somewhere else during school breaks. Check out the Census 2020 website to enter your Census ID (if you received it by mail) and submit your response. Those that did not receive this can follow alternate instructions on the website.

› If you live in on-campus student housing like residence halls, off-campus residence halls, or other student housing facilities that are owned, leased, or managed by your college or university, U.S. Census Bureau employees will work with representatives from your building to ensure that you are counted. You may be asked to complete an individual census form. Students who would have been studying abroad during this time will be counted by Harvard administrators?"

› If you are an international student, the same rules apply.

Staff and Faculty

› If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. These people are often missed in the census. This means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years. You can submit responses to the 2020 Census via online, by phone, or by mail as soon as mid-March.

Help Shape Your Community, Take the 2020 Census 

Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country through the Census. Responses to the Census help determine congressional representation and community funding. 

Students living off-campus, staff and faculty are encouraged to be counted. For the first-time, respondents can submit their 2020 Census online as well as by phone and mail.

Responding is important. Response to the 2020 Census is mandated by law and helps influence community funding and congressional representation. Information collected in the Census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year.

That includes money for things like:

› Federal Pell Grants                                                                      

› Adult education grants

› Agriculture, science, and engineering education                         

› Student wellness programs

› The Medical Assistance Program                                                 

› Community mental health services

It also provides data to institutions like Harvard University to conduct research.

Responding is safe. Your personal information is kept confidential by law, and your responses can only be used to produce statistics.

Responding is easy. In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Toolkits and Resources             

HVC has put together a Census 2020 and Census Day communications toolkit to promote participation in the Census.

Featured information provided by the US Census 2020.

For more information, visit: 2020CENSUS.GOV or contact Teresa Acuña from HVC.