Frequently Asked Questions

Like taking dance lessons, joining a softball team, going to camp, or any other activity that you sign up to participate in, producing an event of this caliber does call for some financial expenses. The registration fee each contestant is required to pay covers event production expenses including, but not limited to: contestant meals, busses, hotel rooms, venue rental, postage, judge’s flights and accommodations, trip for the winners to the national pageants, sound and lighting technicians and rentals, etc. We feel that we have done a great job on in the Sponsorship Information section of this packet in offering suggestions on the best way to go about finding sponsors if you and your parents do not want to pay the fee out of pocket.

The MISS USA® national pageant is typically televised in the later Spring or early Summer each year. The MISS TEEN USA® national pageant, is typically produced in May-July, but is not always televised.

You may collect more than the required registration fee. If you do collect over the required amount of the registration fee, please send in the full amount to the state pageant offices, and we will reimburse back to you the difference during the check-in on the first day of the pageant (so long as the sponsorship is received at least 3 weeks prior to the state pageant to allow time for checks to clear). You may then use the additional money for any additional expenses you may incur during the course of your preparation and competition in the pageant. The pageant will only refund amounts over $10.

No. We highly recommend wearing the same gown for both preliminaries and finals. Nearly all contestants at the state pageant wear the same gown for both.

At the beginning of the show for the pageant, each contestant will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat introduction (contestant will not sing or dance).

There is no talent portion to the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant system. There are three equally scored categories, including interview, evening gown, and swimwear (or for Teens - interview, evening gown, and active wear).

Absolutely not! Each contestant in our pageant is an individual and the judges are looking for body proportion and personality, not a specific body measurement.

You may have as many sponsors as you wish. We do want to stress, however, that you are limited to 750 characters total (including spaces) of sponsors and thank you’s that can be listed in the state pageant program book and on the website next to your name.

Deadlines are very important to us in order to make timely program preparations. However, we realize that unexpected circumstances can arise and that the collection of sponsorship may take longer than expected. Therefore, extensions on due dates are available when needed. If you need an extension, please call or email the state pageant offices and request a new due date.

The semi-finalists in the pageant will be named during the first portion of the pageant finals on the last day of the pageant weekend. No one will know who the semi-finalists are until that moment in the pageant finals show. All contestants will participate throughout the pageant finals show.

Absolutely. The pageant finals will start with every contestant being introduced and all contestants will participate in the gown review, special awards, naming of the semi-finalists, musical performances, and naming of the titleholders. You will be on stage at many times during the pageant finals, even if you are not named as a semi-finalist.

No. Most all of your meals throughout the state pageant weekend are provided by the state pageant. Although all of your meals are provided, we do recommend that you are prepared for any additional meals that you may want.

If your state pageant is a multi-day pageant, your hotel room during the pageant is provided for you by the state pageant. You will be roomed with one other contestant in a room with two beds. If you choose to arrive the night before or stay the night after the pageant, your room for those nights would be at your own expense. If your state pageant is a single-day pageant, an overnight stay is not required. If contestants require lodging, you are invited make your own arrangements along with your family and friends at the below selected hotel.

If your state pageant is a multi-day pageant, then each contestant is paired with one other contestant in order to share each hotel room. Each room will have two beds, so each contestant will have their own bed. In order to be respectful to the contestant with whom you are sharing the room, only the two of you are allowed in your hotel room (no family or friends allowed at any time).

Unfortunately, the state pageant offices must keep your application and contestant photos on record for the Miss Universe Organization, and these photos will not be able to be returned to you after the pageant. Please be sure that you are not sending us your only copy of the photo.

The state pageant judging panel consists of experienced judges from the modeling industry, entertainment industry, pageant industry, media, and the business community.

The state pageant is not televised, but videos of the state pageant will be available for sale during the state pageant weekend and the state pageant will be live-streamed via a pay per view service.

If you are getting individual cash donations from family and friends who do not need or want a receipt, you do not need to provide a Sponsor Receipt. If you have a sponsor who would like a receipt, you can print one by clicking here.

In this packet, as well as on our website, you will find the hotels which the state pageant recommends for family and friends. Be sure to tell them to mention to hotel reservations that they are “Friends or Family of a Miss USA/Teen USA state contestant” so they get a discounted rate!

Unfortunately, video cameras and still cameras are not permitted at the pageant preliminaries and pageant finals. Photos and DVDs will be available for purchase.

A couple weeks prior to the state pageant weekend, you will receive an order form for both photos and videos. If you would like to purchase either of these items, you can simply fill out the form and turn it in to the official pageant photographer and videographer at the state pageant check-in on the first day of pageant weekend. In addition, you can turn in that order form anytime throughout the state pageant weekend. Please note that no video and no photography will be allowed during the show by event attendees.

They can purchase them online with a credit card at, or they can purchase tickets with cash at the pageant (please keep in mind that the show can be sold out, so it is best to have them purchase the tickets in advance online). Please note that online tickets sales are not mailed, but must be picked up by the purchaser at the will call ticket table at the pageant.

For your convenience, we have many items available for sale on our online store at In addition, our staff will have many items available for you to purchase onsite during the state pageant weekend.

Your program book photo should be a head and shoulders potrait photo. We recommend a photo with no hands or hats in the photo. This will be used in the state pageant program book and will in no way be judged.

If you receive cash contributions for your registration fee, you may put that money into a money order or send a personal check. Please DO NOT send cash through the mail at any time. If your cash collected exceeds the registration fee for the state pageant, then you do not have to send in the additional cash.

The number of contestant vary from year to year, but each year approximately 20-50 contestants compete for the Miss title, and 40-70 contestant compete for the Teen title.

We recommend anything from business casual to formalwear for the pageant preliminaries and pageant finals.

Because the new titleholder is unable to wear a cover-up or wrap at the national pageant, we cannot allow any type of sarong or wrap during the swimwear portion of the state pageant.

This year’s contestants’ photos will be posted on the state pageant website approximately one day prior to the state pageant.

No. If you would prefer to pay the registration fee or if your parents would like to just pay the registration fee, there is no need to seek assistance from businesses and individuals in your community.

Yes. Each contestant will have the opportunity to thank their sponsors on the website under her photo. The sponsor listing and thank yous are limited to 750 characters (including spaces).

We would encourage you to submit something like the following to appear on the website and in the program book, “Thank you to my family and friends for your support!”

Yes. Once we have received your complete registration materials, you will receive from us another packet containing information on how to secure a spotlight page for yourself.

This documentation is merely used as a proof of residency. The judges never see this. You will NOT be penalized for poor grades or rewarded for exceptional grades at the state pageant.

No. Each individual case is given consideration. We do ask, however, that you quickly provide the documentation requested by the state pageant offices in order to get the approval process started.