U.S. Census 2020 - Be Counted

U.S. Census 2020 - Be Counted

Dear Great Danes,

As we all adjust to the difficult changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused this semester, I’m writing to remind you of one thing that has not changed: your civic obligation to participate in the 2020 Census.

With so many in our communities facing financial uncertainty over the coming months, it is more important than ever that you participate in the U.S. Census to ensure proper federal funding for things like college financial aid, school nutrition programs, affordable housing, childcare, infrastructure and job training.

This is important: Even if you are temporarily away from your off-campus residence on April 1 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau says that you should still be counted at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. For many of you, that’s right here in Albany, even if you are currently at home with your family.

You can complete the Census online. If you do not have access to your off-campus mailbox to retrieve the 12-digit Census ID that was mailed to you by the Census Bureau, you can still complete the Census without that ID here.

The Census is easy, it only takes a few minutes and it is completely confidential. Please log in and complete it immediately – even if you believe your roommates or family may have already done so. The Census Bureau can eliminate duplicate responses, but not being counted is irreversible and will weaken our communities.

It’s sometimes easy to feel like events are too large for any one person to help. But participating in the Census is something that you can do right now to ensure that your classmates, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers will receive the assistance they need in the months and years to come.

If you have any questions about how to complete the Census or where you should be counted, please do not hesitate to reach out to neighborhoodlife@albany.edu.

Let’s show our community that when it mattered most, each and every Great Dane stood up to be counted.


Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs