Campus Life

Be Counted: U.S. Census 2020

Census Day is April 1, 2020

As a result or the coronavirus, the recent and coming weeks have been and will continue to be a strange time for all of us - underscoring the importance of completing our civic duties. Participating in the U.S. Census 2020 is one of the ways we can fulfill our civic responsibilities.

UNCW is collaborating with New Hanover County, where the university’s main campus is located, to encourage participation on Census Day, April 1, 2020. It only takes about 10 minutes to respond online.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Take the Census for yourselves and for those living in your household as of April 1, 2020 and encourage students in your online classes to do the same.

Information for Students

On-Campus Students:
You do not need to take any action.  Since you are not here to complete a response, we are using student records called “directory information” to supply the Census Bureau with information to complete the Census on your behalf. We are bound to respect your privacy and are only permitted to release information you have previously consented to including your name and campus address. Some students on campus have opted to be excluded from this “directory information”. If you know that to be case, please visit, select “If you do not have a Census ID” and complete the Census using your campus address.

Off-Campus Students:
If you live in an apartment, house, or other residence while attending UNCW, you need to complete the Census with that address as your permanent residence. Even if you traveled out of New Hanover County to stay at your parents' house and/or with other family and friends, you need to complete the Census on April 1 with your apartment, house or other residence near UNCW as your permanent residence.

International Students:
International students studying at UNCW and living in the Wilmington area should complete the Census on April 1 as if they are permanent residents of Wilmington. If you need assistance with completing the Census, please contact the International Students and Scholars office and someone can assist you.

Students Studying in International Areas:
Students studying in foreign countries, even if you have returned from your travels earlier than anticipated, should not complete the Census. If you were supposed to be in a foreign country on April 1, 2020, then you should not complete the Census. If your travel normally would have been done by April 1, then you should complete the Census.

Quick facts about the Census

  • Everyone matters, so it is important that everyone responds to the Census.
  • North Carolina receives $16 billion in federal funding every year for programs based on Census counts.
  • More than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  • Results of the Census determine fair representation by the number of seats in Congress and in redistricting in the local community.
  • The Census will primarily be conducted online this year, but there are still paper forms available and you may call the hotline at 800.923.8282 to complete the Census.
  • Answers are protected: Social Security numbers and citizenship status information will not being collected. 

Helpful Resources

Need assistance? Contact:

Jon Kapell, Ed.D.
Director for Campus Activities & Involvement
Adjunct Faculty, Watson College of Education
Fisher Student Center