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Completing the 2020 U.S. Census

March 31, 2020
All Parents and Guardians
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

Tomorrow, April 1, is National Census Day. Your student has received the below email from University Dean of Students Allen Groves, which includes a message from President Ryan.

To summarize several important points:

  • Students Living Off Grounds in non-University housing (even if they have temporarily moved home or elsewhere due to the coronavirus outbreak) should fill out the census form with their Charlottesville address.
    • Only one individual from the house or apartment needs to fill out the form.
    • Students can find the form online.
  • Students living in an IFC fraternity or ISC sorority house, similar to students living in apartments or houses, should be counted at the address of the fraternity or sorority house. Greek leaders have received communication from Dean Groves about completing the form.
  • Students living on Grounds in University housing do not need to do anything. The University will respond to the U.S. Census with sufficient limited information for students living in University Housing.
  • Students who would have been studying abroad on April 1 should not be counted in the census.

If you have already turned in your form and still counted your UVA student, the Census Bureau will run a program to eliminate duplicates.

Thank you for helping ensure your daughter or son participates in the census according to the directions for college students. I hope you and your loved ones are safe during this very unusual time.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

UVA President Jim Ryan Video still

April 1 is National Census Day

Dear Students:

President Ryan and I want to remind all of you who live off Grounds, even if you might be at your family’s permanent home or another temporary location right now, to complete the census using your Charlottesville address. If you lived on Grounds this academic term (even though you may have returned home now as a result of the University’s shift to online courses), you don’t need to do anything. The University will take care of counting those listed as living on Grounds this spring.

To be counted in Charlottesville using your off Grounds address:

  • Go to the online census form.
  • Only one person per apartment or house needs to complete the form. Agree ahead of time who will complete the form for the apartment.
  • Before starting the form, collect the needed information, such as full name and age, from each of your apartment-mates. If you can’t get everyone’s information, fill in as much as you can.
  • Your parents should not include you on their census form.
  • Running late? You can still submit the form after April 1.

The census is an important tool of our democracy. It’s used to determine funding for things like federal student loans, Pell Grants, highways, food stamps, and school lunch programs. It’s also used to determine public health priorities and where to send resources—something that’s especially important now because of the coronavirus.

Thank you for joining President Ryan and me in participating in the 2020 Census.


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students