The Miss USA 1971 pageant ended with Michele McDonald winning the title of Miss USA 1971 and getting the opportunity to advance to the Miss Universe 1971 pageant!
Top 5 finalists at the Miss USA 1971 pageant were:
First Runner-Up - Brenda Box
Second Runner-Up - Susanne Pottenger
Third Runner-Up - Nancy Rich
Fourth Runner-Up - Patricia Barnstable
Top 12 at the Miss USA 1971 pageant were:
Special Awards at Miss USA 1971 were:
Diane Knaub won Miss Congeniality.
Brenda Miller won Miss Photogenic.