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Important U.S. Census information for students

Dear Skidmore Students and Families:

We are reaching out to share some important information regarding the 2020 U.S. census.

As you may know, the census provides critical data regarding the number of people in a geographic area. This data helps determine federal funding for college financial aid, school lunch programs, community mental health services, affordable housing and other programs. Information gathered in the census also affects representation in the House of Representatives.

This year, the U.S. Census Bureau has asked that college students be counted where they would live and sleep most of the time on April 1 even if they were staying elsewhere on that day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • If you would have been living on campus on April 1, you do not need to complete the census. No action is needed. Skidmore College and the Office of Residential Life are responsible for counting students in residential spaces. Skidmore will report the numbers and relevant information.

    For parents, guardians or heads of household, this means that students who normally would have been on Skidmore College’s campus on April 1 do not need to be counted in your household response. These students will be counted by the College.
  • If you lived off-campus prior to the closing of residential spaces, you should still complete the census online. If you do not have access to your mail to retrieve your 12-digit census ID, you can still complete the census without it.
  • If you currently live off-campus in the Saratoga Springs area, you should also complete the census online. Please complete the census even if you are unsure if your housemates may have done so already. The U.S. Census Bureau is able to eliminate duplicate responses.

Completing the census online is easy, confidential and only takes a few minutes, so please respond soon. It is something you can do right now to positively impact your community —something we are all striving to do in these challenging times.

If you have any questions about how to complete the census or where you should be counted, please reach out to Residential Life at or 518-580-5765.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter. Stay safe and be well.

Ann Marie Przywara
Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Residential Life and Student Conduct