March 30, 2020

Dear Parents & Families,

In follow-up to the March 10th email, the United States 10-year census count is now underway. However, with the novel coronavirus pandemic and Bowling Green State University’s proactive response to slow the spread by moving to an online learning environment, I want to provide you with some clarification about how BGSU students will be counted.

The Census Bureau maintains that where a University student lives for the majority of the 2019-2020 academic year is where they should be counted. Students who live in the residence halls will be counted by the University as part of the “group quarters” category. Students who live off campus (largely rental apartments or houses) are still responsible for filling out the census form. We are communicating with them directly to explain further on how do to this via the Census 2020 website.

I recognize there continues to be confusion on the census and where to count University students. Since our last communication, we have heard from parents that because your child is counted on your taxes, they are also going to be counted on your census. We want to ensure you that you should count them on your taxes where applicable, but for the census, they should be counted in Bowling Green, Ohio, if they live here the majority of the year.

The Division of Diversity and Belonging is available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at 419-372-7100 or Additionally, we are continuously updating the University’s Census 2020 website and recently added a video from the Census Bureau that provides further clarification around the counting of college students.


Jennifer Q. McCary
Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer