Be a part of history: Participate in the 2010 Census

UC Santa Cruz students can make history this academic year by participating in the 2010 Census, and in turn, helping define and improve the quality of life in our community and our nation. Conducted every 10 years, the census is more than a population count. Census data inform critical political and funding decisions on the national, state and local level.

Why the 2010 Census is Important

Census data will provide state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Data also will guide local decision-makers on where to build new schools, roads, hospitals and develop community programs that affect quality of life.

How to Participate

Depending on living situations, students will participate differently.

  • Living on campus: If a student lives in a dormitory, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house, he or she will receive a 2010 Census form in April or May 2010. Students should complete the form and turn it in to a designated site on campus. It's that easy.

  • Living off campus: If a student lives off campus, 2010 Census forms will be delivered or mailed to his/her house or apartment in March 2010. All students living at the address are considered one household, so only one form should be completed with information about all the people living at that address. Mail the completed form in the U.S. mail envelope provided.

  • Living with parents or guardians: If a student commutes to school and resides full-time at his/her parents' or guardians' household, the student should be accounted for on his/her parents' or guardians' household form.

  • An international student or not a U.S. citizen: Everyone in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens.

Easy. Important. Confidential.

One of the shortest in history, the 2010 Census form takes about 10 minutes to complete. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.