Frequently Asked Questions

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Over the years we have heard a wide variety of questions from students, teachers, family members, and the public. Here we have compiled what are some of the most common questions and provided answers. It is divided into two tabs. The first tab is questions pertaining specifically to registration. The second tab pertains to questions about the National History Day Contest itself.

Registration FAQs
Contest FAQs
Registration FAQs

I can’t come to the National Contest. What should I do?
Please inform your affiliate coordinator IMMEDIATELY so that proper arrangements can be made.

After I created my account, I forgot my password. What should I do?
If you have forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password/Username" button to reset your login information. Please do not create a duplicate account.

Do all the students in a group have to come to nationals?
No, BUT all group members who won at the affiliate level must register (completing all required items) and pay any applicable fees. NOTE FOR A GROUP PERFORMANCE: groups can rewrite the script, but CANNOT add new group members.

Do students have to be in Maryland for the whole competition?
No, they just have to be here the day(s) they are judged. Judging for the junior division takes place Monday. Judging for the senior division takes place Tuesday. If the students are juniors in the Performance or Documentary categories, they should be prepared to be here Tuesday evening when finals are held. If the students are seniors in those categories, they should be prepared for finals Wednesday morning.

Do teachers have to create an account in the online registration system?
Yes. Teachers must create an account in the online registration system whether or not they will be attending the contest. They must create their teacher accounts before their students register. This will allow the students to select their teachers during student registration to link the teacher to the student and the entry. TEACHERS: Please pay careful attention to the registration instructions, available here. Please do not create a duplicate account.

Do teachers have to register and pay to attend the contest?
Teachers who are attending the contest must register and pay the teacher registration fee. Teachers who are not attending must register and indicate they are not attending. If a teacher is not attending, they do not pay the teacher registration fee.

Can teachers pay the registration fees for their students?
Yes. If the school is paying for student fees, a teacher can pay for their students through his/her own teacher account. Teachers who are attending the contest will also pay for their own teacher registration at this time. Teachers who are not attending the contest do not need to pay the teacher registration fee. Please note: individual fees cannot be split between multiple forms of payment (i.e., credit card or check). Each order must be paid in full by a single form of payment. For example, if your teacher registration fees and/or your students' registration fees are being paid by a check from your school, the check must cover the full amount ($65) of your teacher registration fee and/or ($155) of your students' registration fees. If you have any fees being paid by another party in addition to fees you are paying yourself, you will need to complete separate transactions. If your NHD Affiliate program is paying for any of your fees, this will be reflected in your cart upon checkout.

Do parents have to register for the contest if they are not coming?
Parents are expected to assist their child in completing the account creation and registration process. This includes agreeing to several waivers and authorizations within the system. Each student will need one parent/guardian listed in his/her registration, even if the parent is not attending the contest. Parents and family members are able to sign up for on-campus housing along with their child, during the registration process. Parents should not create a separate account.

When is the latest that students can check in for the contest on site at the University of Maryland?
The check-in process is available Sunday – Tuesday. Monday morning by 9:00 AM is the latest that junior division students can check in. Tuesday morning by 9:00 AM is the latest that senior division students can check in.

Do students have to come to Maryland to be judged? Can NHD do teleconferences or phone interviews?
Students must be here to compete. No teleconferencing or phone interviews will be conducted.

Can students request judging times?
Yes, they can do so during online registration. They can request an early or late time in the "Entry Information" section. Students must give a reason for the request. NOTE: NHD cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored, but will try to accommodate as many as possible.

When can my student find out what time he/she is being judged?
Students will check in at the contest and will get a card with information. Their judging time and room assignment will be listed. Due to NHD staff workloads in the weeks before the contest, they cannot research this information ahead of time.

Can students change the title of their projects?
Yes. You must make all changes before registration closes. To make changes to the title of your project, login to your registration account and access your profile. You may make changes to the entry fields on this page. Remember to "Save" when you are finished.

My name is misspelled in the system. Can I change it?
Yes, students can correct this before registration closes. Login to your registration account and access your profile. You may make changes to the name fields on this page. Remember to "Save" when you are finished.

Do students have to stay on campus?
No, they do not. Hotels are available throughout the surrounding area.

Can parents be roommates to their children?
Yes, they can. Please be aware that rooms are built for two people; therefore one parent can be the roommate of one child.

Can we get the dorm room without the meal package?
No, it is a package rate only.

I have multiple food allergies/follow a Kosher diet/follow a vegan diet. Can you accommodate my needs?
The University of Maryland’s dining services accommodates for the eight most common food allergens (tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, dairy, gluten, shellfish/crustacean fish) and also provides a variety of vegetarian/vegan options while dining in UMD dining halls. Accommodations for combination food allergies, Celiac disease, and other specialized diets can be made upon request two weeks prior to your event. Campus housing cannot be purchased without a meal plan. Contact Sister Maureen Schrimpe at 301.314.8058 or for further information.

When do I have to sign up for housing in the dorms for the contest?
You must sign up for on-campus housing and pay for your reservations during the online registration process. The deadline for this is May 19, 2020.

Whom do I talk to about payments?
Please speak with the finance manager, Lorena Torres. Ms. Torres can be reached by email:

Contest FAQs

Where can I get a map?
The Stamp Student Union (SSU) Information Desk has a campus map and a map of the Student Union.
The judging location map is available here, and on the NHD Guidbook app.

Where should I park?
Parking is available in parking garages or in metered spaces around campus for an hourly fee, or in NUMBERED lots with the appropriate parking permit. (You must have purchased the appropriate parking permit. For details please see the Contest Parking page.)

Where can I get a parking permit?
Details are on the Contest Parking page.
Note – NHD cannot “fix” parking tickets. Those affected can call 301-314-7275 or follow the instructions on the back of the ticket.

Where can I get the shuttle bus?
Shuttle stops are located at Stamp Student Union and various locations near residence halls. There will be signage at these sites. The shuttle schedule is available here.

How can I get Wi-Fi on campus?
This summer the University of Maryland College Park will be offering free guest Wi-Fi to all participants for the duration of the program. This service allows you to register up to two devices at a time on the university network. In order to use this Wi-Fi network you will need to register for access and then be verified by an SMS text message enabled device. This network also requires guests to re-register every 24 hours. For more information about using the free guest Wi-Fi please visit:

Where can I find information about campus security and safety?
You can visit the UMD Department of Public Safety's website: For information on emergency procedures, click here.

Where and when is the Welcome Ceremony?
McKeldin Mall on Sunday June 14 at 6:30 pm

How can I find out where a student is presenting and when?
This information will be available on the registration page on the National History Day website, on the Sunday morning of the contest. You can also download the NHD App where full schedules will be listed. Students will be given their judging times and locations when they pick up their packets at registration.

When is the judges orientation and where is it held?
The orientation for judges is held Monday and Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Orientation for exhibit, performance, and documentary judges is held in the Colony Ballroom on the second floor of the Stamp Student Union. For website and paper judges orientation is held in the Hoff Theater on the basement level of Stamp Student Union.

I’m a judge. Where can I get my parking permit?
A parking attendant will be standing outside at the entrance to Union Lane Garage directing judges to their parking spots on the top level. Please be sure to place your permit slip on the inside of your windshield so it is visible to the parking attendant; this will speed up the parking process.

Where should members of the press go? Where can I get press information?
The Press Room is located in the Calvert Room on the second floor of the Stamp Student Union.

I lost my (________) What should I do?
Check the lost and found at the Stamp Student Union Information Desk.

When and where are finals?
Posting – Finals are posted for documentaries and performances only. They will be posted both Monday (Juniors) and Tuesday (Seniors) nights by 7:00 pm. Postings will be listed on the screens in the lobby of the Stamp Student Union and on the NHD website.
Finals Times:
Junior – Tuesday, June 11, 5:00-10:00 pm
Senior – Wednesday, June 12, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Finals Locations: Stamp Student Union
Individual Documentary - Juan Jimenez Room
Group Documentary - Margaret Brent Room
Individual Performance - Benjamin Banneker Room
Group Performance - Hoff Theater

Where are the papers displayed?
Papers will be displayed outside the Prince George’s Room next to the NHD merchandise table. Junior papers are on display all day Monday. Senior papers are displayed all day Tuesday.

Where are the websites displayed?
If you would like to view student website entries, please go to the NHD website; The websites will be available beginning on the Sunday morning of the National Contest.

There is a building/health/logistics problem. Who do I contact?
Contact NHD staff immediately. They will get the proper person to take care of the problem.

I have an issue regarding judging. Who do I talk to about this?
If a judging issue has come up in your room/with your student(s), please contact NHD staff immediately. A building monitor (with orange badge) will be stationed around the judging rooms in your building and can get in touch with NHD staff to address the problem.

When are the exhibits open to the public?
Monday, 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, and Wednesday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
When can I take down my exhibit?
Wednesday 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 am or 12:00 – 5:00 pm. If the student is leaving before then, the exhibit can be taken down when the hall is open to the public on Monday or Tuesday. Taking down an exhibit too early may result in the project not being available for finals judging.

I’m going to the museum on Wednesday. When can I take down my exhibit?
Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00 pm or at 7:00 am on Wednesday

When do I move my exhibit? When can I ship my project back home?
Exhibits MUST be removed from the ballroom and placed in the Prince George’s Room for storage before Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 pm.
Projects MUST be taken out of the Prince George’s Room and shipped home before Friday, June 19 at 5:00 pm. NOTE: projects will be discarded if not taken care of by these times.

How can I ship my project back home?
The UPS Store is located in the basement of the Stamp Student Union. They will help you with shipping needs. Off campus, there is also a Kinko’s and Staples within driving distance of the university.

Where should I meet the bus for the trip to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday?
In front of Stamp Student Union, BY 7:30 AM. *NOTE: One chaperone PER ENTRY (not per person) should be on the museum buses.

Where should I meet the bus for the trip to the NEH Day on the Hill on Wednesday?
At the side of Stamp Student Union along Union Lane at 7:15 AM

Where are the teacher workshops?
All teacher workshops will be held in Shoemaker 2102.

When and where is the Awards Ceremony?
Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Xfinity Center

What is the website address for watching the webcast?
To watch the webcast of the NHD Awards Ceremony, go to the

Where can I find the items I shipped to NHD?
Items shipped to the university are located in the Prince George’s room in Stamp Student Union. Oversize cartons may still be at Central Receiving. The address of Central Receiving is: University of Maryland Physical Distribution Center, The Severn Building, 5245 Greenbelt Road, Docks 5-10, College Park, MD 20742. The phone number is 301-405-5851. The hours for Central Receiving are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Part of my project did not arrive/was broken/is missing. Where is the closest store to replace items?
Home Depot
3301 E West Highway, Hyattsville, MD
(301) 891-1106

Beltway Plaza Mall, 6100 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD
(301) 837-0054

8904 62nd Ave, College Park, MD
(301) 474-0610

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft
Beltway Plaza Mall, 6200 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD
(301) 220-2184