Be safe. Be smart. Scholarship Giveaway

Be safe. Be smart. Scholarship Giveaway

‘Be safe. Be smart. Do your part.’ Program Continues with $5K Scholarship Incentive to Empower Students to Stick to Pandemic Protocols

ACC Fall 2020 Student Resident Report reveals students not letting COVID-19 get in way of academic success 

To inspire residents to act responsibly in doing their part to help mitigate the spread in our communities and within their units, ACC is continuing and expanding its Be safe. Be smart. Do your part. effort by releasing a public service announcement (PSA) video by sharing it with its nearly 140,000 residents via email and in social media channels. 

How to Enter

By following ACC on Instagram, and tagging friends, students will be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship to help with college expenses. To enter, students need to simply follow the American Campus Communities Instagram account, like the post pertaining to the scholarship, and tag a friend in the post comments. Multiple comments equate to multiple entries. The sweepstakes closes on Sunday, January 31s, and the winner of the scholarship giveaway will be announced in the following week.   Open to US residents 18 years of age or older (excluding Rhode Island).  See Official Rules for all restrictions, alternative means of entry, and other requirements. Not affiliated with Instagram or its entities thereof and must abide by all rules.


“We continue to be committed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reminding our staff and residents to practice positive behavior in prevention and in personal interactions while expressing empathy, kindness and support of each other,” said Jennifer Beese, American Campus Communities chief operating officer. “Our residents have done an amazing job so far but with the pandemic continuing, the ‘Be safe. Be smart.’ scholarship is a way to empower students and reward them for continuing to do their part to keep fighting the spread.”

Keep Up The Great Work!

The effort comes on the heels of ACC’s release of its
Fall 2020 Student Resident Report that provides insights into how students are coping with college life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are adjusting to primarily on-line learning. The report summarizes survey responses from more than 42,000 students ranging from incoming freshmen to graduate students in 84 university markets in the United States. It confirms that students are wearing masks and making the most of online learning but they lament the impact the pandemic has had on their college community experience.
IMG_9540.jpgThe data also reveals that despite the intermittent closed community amenities and restricted social events, students maintained their academic optimism. While most agree in-person engagement is ideal, they are not letting COVID-19 get in the way of their academic success. 
More than 85 percent say they could be “academically successful” this year, which was at 86 percent last year. While many first-year students chose to remain in their hometown for their online coursework, their optimism shone through with 91 percent of them saying they could be academically successful despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When asked if they were actively following COVID-19 policies and guidelines, 96 percent of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed and 85 percent describe their university’s COVID-19 response as effective or adequate.  As far as avoiding social events and parties with more than 10 people, 89 percent said that they do so always or most of the time. 

“We surveyed current college students living on- or off-campus to learn that an overwhelming majority of them support COVID-19 policies, their instructors, and their universities, while also acknowledging that the pandemic has had an impact on their college community experience,” said Bill Bayless, CEO of American Campus Communities. “It’s great to see from the survey data that students are doing their part to be responsible.”