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April 1, 2010

UI encourages student participation in U.S. Census

It's Thursday, April 1, Census Day in the United States, and the University of Iowa is encouraging students to return their census forms and be counted.

Students who live in off-campus apartments or homes should have received a 2010 U.S. Census Questionnaire in mid-March. Students should return the form in the enclosed postage-paid envelope to avoid a follow-up visit from a census worker who must gather data from unresponsive households. Extra forms will be available at the UI Book Store in the Old Capitol Mall.

The Census Bureau is counting people where they live most of year, so parents should leave students off their forms, even if they return to live at home after they leave college. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on April 1. International students will also be counted in the census, as it counts everyone who lives in the U.S. regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

The census for students living in fraternities, sororities, and on campus in residence halls will begin approximately Thursday April 15, said Carrie Kiser-Wacker of University Housing. Census bureau employees will deliver forms to residence halls. Resident assistants will then distribute the forms to students after April 15. Residents will complete the form and return it to their resident assistant before April 29.

This brief questionnaire, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, provides the U.S. Government with valuable data regarding the American people. Information from the 2010 Census will be instrumental in the distribution of public funds. If just 100 UI students neglect to return their forms, Iowa City will be shorted over $1 million in federal funding over the next decade, said UI spokesman Tom Moore.

"You can make for a better Iowa City for students who follow you by spending a few minutes filling out your census form," Moore said.

For a Census fact sheet for university students, see

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Carrie Kiser-Wacker, University Housing, 319-335-3000, Writer: George McCrory