Frequently Asked Questions

RegistrationPrepping for NCCWSL During the ConferenceFor Campus Professionals


How much is NCCWSL?
You can find out about costs and other details on the registration page.

Where do I go once I get to the University of Maryland?
Check out Getting to NCCWSL to find out how to get there, where to go once you arrive on campus, and where to park.

What’s the difference between commuter and residential registration? 
Commuter registration does not include housing or paid parking. Register as a residential registrant if you are staying in the dorms during NCCWSL.

Can I come if I’m a graduate or international student?

We welcome and encourage undergraduate, graduate, and international students to join us at NCCWSL.

What if I’m not in college?

Current undergraduate and graduate women are the intended audience. But if you will be starting your freshman year of college soon or are a recent college graduate, you will still have a great experience.

Can men attend?

Yes. College student men are welcome and encouraged to attend. More men attend as “allies” every year.

If I do not make a roommate request, will I get my own room?
We do our best to satisfy roommate requests. If you do not make a request, we will assign you a roommate. A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available. Preference for these rooms will be given to campus professionals and students who medically require a single room. All roommate requests should be made during registration. More details on roommates and single rooms for campus professionals are below.

Are family accommodations available?
No. If you are accompanied by a partner or other family members, we recommend that you stay in a nearby hotel. Hotel accommodations are not included in registration and cannot be substituted for housing at the university. If you stay at a hotel, be sure to register as a commuter attendee.

Are there any scholarships?
Yes. Students can apply for national scholarships throughout early-bird registration. Resources to help you ask for financial support are also available.

What’s the difference between a national scholarship and a local AAUW branch/state scholarship?
National scholarships are provided through AAUW’s national office and cover residential or commuter registration; additional nights of housing on Wednesday, May 31, and/or Saturday, June 3; one pre-conference activity; and scheduled meals. Awardees will be registered by AAUW staff. You can apply for a national scholarship throughout early-bird registration.

Local branch/state scholarships are provided through AAUW branches and states in your area. Recipients receive funding directly from an AAUW branch or state, and the amounts may vary. To inquire about local funding, please work with your local branch or state directly.

What are the pre-conference activities, and how do I sign up for one?
Attendees may choose to participate in community service or skill-building activities held on Thursday morning. Registration for an activity will incur an additional cost (amount TBA) on top of the registration fee.

Can I cancel my registration?
You can cancel your registration online. Early-bird registration includes a $100 deposit, refundable until February 28, 2017. Cancellations received after February 28 will be refunded, minus the $100 deposit. Registrations paid for by check will be refunded after the conference if canceled. No refunds will be given after registration ends. E-mail cancellations to

What if I have more questions?
Please e-mail or call 800.326.2289.

Prepping for NCCWSL

What’s the closest airport?
Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport. Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is second, followed by Dulles International (IAD). Detailed instructions on getting to the University of Maryland from each airport are available here.

What should I bring?
Check out 6 Things You Should Pack for NCCWSL. Keep in mind that the Washington, D.C., area can be very warm and humid on summer days. However, it can also get chilly at night and in air-conditioned buildings.

Should I bring business cards? What if I don’t have any?
You should absolutely bring cards if you can; exchanging them the easiest way to network with the amazing people you’ll meet at the conference. Vistaprint is a great, affordable option for ordering cards. Alternatively, you can print some out yourself on card stock and cut them to size.

If you are creating business cards for the first time, be sure to include your name, college/university, state, academic year, major, e-mail address, phone number, and any clubs or activities that you are involved in. Also indicate if you are on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks so you can stay in touch online.

How close is the University of Maryland, College Park, to Washington, D.C.?
College Park, Maryland, is eight miles from Washington, D.C. There will be several opportunities to visit D.C., including the pre-conference activities on Thursday morning and the Friday evening trip to D.C. If you are interested in more time for touring, consider arriving before the conference or staying after.

During the Conference

Where will the conference sessions take place on campus?
Most sessions will be in Stamp Student Union, a 10–15 minute walk from the residence halls.

Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes. Wi-Fi codes are located in your program book, which you will receive at registration when you check in. Access is available in most buildings, including Stamp Student Union.

Who is Testudo, and what is a terrapin?
Find out the history of University of Maryland’s beloved mascot.

Is there a gym I can use on campus?
Yes. Attendees may use the Eppley Recreation Center by displaying their access cards, which they get at registration, at the center’s front desk. The per-day fee is $7.

Do I need to register for the specific workshops I want to attend?
No. But you should check them out when we post them in spring. We offer more than 50 workshops, so it doesn’t hurt to plot your course ahead of time!

Is there a convenience store on campus?

The Union Shop, which sells soft drinks, candy, snacks, sandwiches, Krispy Kreme donuts, newspapers, magazines, and sundries is in the Stamp Student Union but has limited hours during the summer. There’s also a 7-Eleven and a CVS in downtown College Park, about a 15–20 minute walk from the residence halls.

Is there a food court on campus?
Yes. It is open limited hours during the summer but offers many options and is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union. A number of other restaurants are in downtown College Park.

Is there somewhere on campus to mail things?
Yes. Mail Boxes Etc. is in the Stamp Student Union. It is open limited hours in the summer. Staff at the Stamp information desk will also mail letters for you.

How can I spend my free time?

There is not a lot of free time during NCCWSL, but we offer additional housing for those who want to arrive the night before or depart the night after. If you are coming early or staying late, consider exploring the University of Maryland, College Park, campus or downtown College Park, or make your way to Washington, D.C. However, plan your time so that you are on campus for all NCCWSL events. Please note that the schedule includes a Friday night in D.C. Suggested activities will be in your NCCWSL welcome bag.

Are there medical services on campus?

The University Health Center is located across from Stamp Student Union and is open during regular business hours Monday through Friday. In case of a medical emergency, call 911 from any campus phone or 301.405.3333. For non-life-threatening health concerns when the University Health Center is closed, call the After-Hours Nurse Line at 301.314.9386. Other options include local hospitals:

Washington Adventist Hospital
Main number301.891.7600
Emergency department301.891.5070

Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Main number301.868.8000
Emergency department301.877.4500

Prince George’s Hospital Center
Main number301.618.2000
Emergency department301.618.3162

How can I stay involved after the conference?
NCCWSL is just the beginning of the many ways that AAUW can help you be a leader on campus and beyond.

You can continue to build your skills and résumé with programs such as Campus Action Project grants, the National Student Advisory Council, Elect Her, Campus Outreach Program grants, student organizations, and Start Smart salary negotiation workshops.

For Campus Professionals

How many attendees will be at NCCWSL this year?
We expect nearly 900 attendees in 2017.

Is there any programming for campus professionals only?
Yes. NCCWSL will include special sessions and networking time for campus professionals.

How do students pay?
Most students are supported by their college/university, apply for a national scholarship, or seek out support locally.

Can I send more than one student?
Yes, please do! Many institutions send groups of students to NCCWSL. We encourage campuses to identify a central campus professional to coordinate student participation and registration and act as a clearinghouse for information. Find out more about groups and how you can get a discount.

Can I get my own room?
Campus professionals may request a single room during registration, however single rooms are limited. Please also make a roommate request, if you have one, in case we cannot accommodate your request for a single.

Affordable hotels are also located nearby. If you stay at a hotel, register as a commuter attendee.

I want to send a group of students to NCCWSL. Have any advice on how to make that happen?

Check out this great resource with tips from campus professionals who have coordinated groups of students at NCCWSL.