April 16, 2010
DeKalb, Ill. — As part of the 2010 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is embarking on a special count of off-campus Northern Illinois University students. This includes those students living in apartments and rooming houses, and will occur across the country in communities with universities through at least Wednesday, April 21.
Students living on-campus in dorms, fraternity houses or sorority houses will be part of a Group Quarters enumeration that will run approximately the same time frame.
For the off-campus count, census takers will go door to door to get responses to 10 simple questions. They include items such as your name, age, sex and race.
Normally, people receiving a questionnaire in the mail who do not return their form are visited by census takers beginning May 1. However, many universities, such as NIU, have finals the first week of May. The Census Bureau recognized the difficulty of counting students during finals week. Accordingly, the Census Bureau is making a special effort to contact on and off-campus students during the month of April.
It is crucial for NIU and the City of DeKalb for on and off-campus students to be counted in DeKalb, where they spend most of the year. Federal dollars based on the count are sent to those communities to support resources the students enjoy. If a census taker visits you, NIU encourages you to spend just a few short minutes with them to answer the 10 simple questions.
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Media Contact: Joe King, NIU Media Relations and Internal Communications
Phone: (815) 753-4299