2020 NASPA Annual Conference


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What are the official dates of the Annual Conference?

The NASPA Annual Conference will take place Saturday, March 28, 2020 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

How many people will be at the conference?

This year, the NASPA Annual Conference will have about 8,000 attendees.

How can I become an exhibitor?

We have many different exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the NASPA Annual Conference! Exhibitor information can be found on the Sponsor & Exhibit page of the Annual Conference website. You can also email Fred Comparato at

What is the headquarter hotel?

We will have both guest rooms and events at several nearby hotels, but the majority of the conference will take place at the Austin Convention Center.


Can I pay my membership dues and conference registration fee all at the same time?

No, you must pay your membership dues first. Once your membership has been paid for, you can log in to the registration system and register for the conference at the member rate.

Can I add other items to my registration at a later date?

Yes, you can log back into your profile and register for pre-conference workshops and other conference activities after you purchase your conference registration.

What is a Guest Registration? Who is it for?

Guest registrations can only be purchased in addition to a full registration. All guests will be identified with an appropriate name badge. A guest is defined as a spouse or significant other, friend, or relative who is not a member of NASPA, is not qualified to become a member, and does not work in a student affairs-related occupation. If you would like to bring a guest, please provide their name and pay the registration fee during your online registration process. All guests must check-in at the registration desk onsite.

A guest registration includes admission to the opening session, opening reception, featured speaker sessions on Monday and Tuesday and closing session on Wednesday. Guests can attend "open evening receptions" (NOT the VPSA Reception or any "invite only" or "closed receptions"). Guest registrations DO NOT include pre-conference workshops or any educational sessions outside of the Featured Sessions mentioned above. 

Can I only attend a pre-conference workshop and not the entire NASPA Annual Conference?

There are only a select number of pre-conference workshops you can register for without having to register for the NASPA Annual Conference. These include the International Symposium, Community College Institute, and the Undergraduate Pre-Conference Workshop. In order to register for any other pre-conference workshop, you MUST be registered for the NASPA Annual Conference.

Are there any meals included with the conference registration fee?

Meals are NOT provided during the conference. There will be light appetizers served during the opening reception, and exhibit hall breaks may offer coffee or ice cream. Some institutions, knowledge committees, and other sponsored groups will choose to host receptions/meetings that may have food and beverage available, but this is not guaranteed.


How can I present a session?

Please visit the call for programs page to submit your program. If you have specific questions about program submissions and reviews please contact Stephanie Gordon at

Do you have to be a NASPA member in order to present a session?

You do not have to be a NASPA member in order to submit a session for the NASPA Annual Conference. However, if your session gets accepted, the Coordinating Presenter must become a NASPA member.

Do I have to register for the conference if I’m presenting a session?

Yes, you must register for the conference if you are presenting a session. There are no discounts for presenters.

What is the deadline to submit a program?

The deadline to submit a program proposal is September 3, 2019.

Can I edit my program submission (content and presenters) after its been accepted?

You can make edits to your program submission until September 3, 2019 by logging into the system. Please contact Carol Smith at in order to make edits to your program proposal after September 3, 2019.

When will I hear if my program proposal is accepted to the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference?

The coordinating presenter of the program will receive an email in mid- to late October with the decision the Conference Leadership Committee has made regarding all proposals. If accepted, you will receive instructions for next steps.


When does housing open?

Housing opens on October 1, 2019. You will not be able to make reservations at the NASPA Annual Conference Hotels prior to housing opening October 1. Once you make your reservation, you will need to wait until the housing system sends you your hotel confirmation to make any changes.

Whait is the main hotel for the NASPA Annual Conference?

The JW Marriott Austin and the Hilton Austin will be co-headquarter hotels for the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference. These and many other hotels are within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, so you can't go wrong with any of the properties listed on our Plan Your Trip page.

Meeting, Event, and Reception Space Requests

When is the deadline to submit a meeting, event, and reception space request?

The deadline to request meeting space is September 3, 2019 for Knowledge Communities, Divisions, and Groups. For all other groups, please submit your meeting/event space request by November 1, 2019.

Who do I contact if I have questions about space requests?

Please contact Lauren Phillips-Thoryn, director of meetings, at