Take the Census now!

Your voice counts! 

Take care of your home away from home.

North Dakota is proud to be a home-away-from-home for thousands of students every year. The U.S. Census is now open, and if you spend six months or more of the year in North Dakota, you need to be counted here.

Taking the census is fast, easy and confidential – and new this year, it can be completed online as well as by phone or mail.

In some cases, out-of-state students account for over 50% of a university’s enrollment. Take care of your home away from home and be counted in North Dakota in the census. Even if your home address is in another state or country.

COVID-19 Census Update

  • In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of this process.  Even if they are home on census day, April 1, they should be counted according to the residence criteria which states they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time. We are asking schools to contact their students and remind them to respond.
  • Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is it important to complete the census?

Census Importance

The Census determines where federal funds from our taxes are allocated, and your influence helps direct funding toward the resources and programs you access and use every day, like:

  • Education related grants (nearly $100 million in funding goes here!)
  • Health care clinics
  • Public transportation
  • Roads and infrastructure

Have questions?

If you have questions about the census or are having difficulty completing the census, feel free to email dsu.census@dickinsonstate.edu.