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Students on campus getting counted this week

March 29, 2010

KALAMAZOO--It's time for Western Michigan University students living in residence halls to be counted in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Census forms will be in all residence hall mailboxes Thursday, April 1. Everyone in the United States—including international students—is counted where they reside April 1. The form takes only two minutes to complete, and U.S. Cenusus staff will be in the lobbies of each residence hall to answer questions and accept completed forms.

WMU has created a Web site at wmich.edu/census with answers to the most common questions, especially who should be counted and where.

You should be counted where you are living while attending college.

  • If you live full-time at your parents’ or guardians’ home and commute to school, you should be accounted for on your parents’ or guardians’ household form.
  • If you live in a residence hall, sorority or fraternity house, you will receive a 2010 Census form, which you should complete for yourself. Your parents should not include you on their form.
  • If you live in an apartment or rental, one form will be sent to your address and should be completed for everyone who resides at that address. You should not be included on any other form.
  • If you are an international student you should participate in the census, which counts everyone—citizens and non-citizens—who reside in the United States on April 1.
  • If you are a WMU student on study abroad—not in the country April 1—you will not be counted in the 2010 Census.

Census forms were mailed to homes and apartment buildings in mid-March. Those form is mailed to an address, not a person. They should be completed and returned by April 1. Personal information is strictly confidential. Aggregate data determines federal and state funding for a variety of programs and apportioning of elected representatives.

For more information about the census visit wmich.edu/census.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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