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National Society of Leardership and Success (NSLS)

About NSLS

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. NSLS has opened about 731 chapters around the world and currently have 1,077,510 members nationwide. Students are invited to be a member based on their GPA and credits.

Some may ask why NSLS, why focus on leadership training? Leadership skills are the fundamentals of any career–it allows you to understand relationships, public speaking, and communication. As students begin to navigate their college journey and prepare themselves for the labor market, leadership skills and constant training is paramount to their success.

The Union County College chapter of the NSLS was founded in Fall 2019 and is housed under the Office of College Life. During its first semester, all workshops took place on the Elizabeth Campus and the following semester on the Cranford campus of Union County College, providing students the opportunity to easily attend the workshops. Although 2020 has brought on unforeseen experiences, NSLS will continue to provide experiential experiences to current and incoming members.

Benefits

Potential members should be aware that there are 2 types of benefits–pre-induction and post-induction. In order to accept their invitation to the NSLS, invitees must pay a one-time membership fee, which would cover their induction kit. Once invitees pay the fee they will have to complete the necessary workshops to become induction into the NSLS. Below are benefits for pre-inducted members and post inducted members.

Pre-induction Benefits:

  • Scholarships & Awards
  • Success Coaches
  • Job Bank
  • Partner Discounts and Benefits
  • Professional Communication Training

Post-induction Benefits:

  • Leadership training certification
  • Resume enhancement
  • Graduation Honors
  • Inducted member items or Induction Kit:
  • Custom recommendation

Outcomes

Since it’s chapter inception in Fall 2019, the Union County College chapter of the NSLS has 312 members. As of September 2020, 128 students have an inducted membership status. 82.3% of the Spring 2020 cohort believes NSLS provided opportunities to help further me in my future endeavors. 87.10% of the Spring 2020 cohort believed that the leadership workshops helped them understand the responsibilities of a leader.

Reviews/Commentary

“I really enjoyed the opportunity. it has helped me opened up more and participant more in class”
– Spring 2020 inducted member

“It was really important for me! I appreciated to be part of NSLS.”
– Fall 2019inducted member

“Overall, it’s a great way to introduce people who are really looking forward to their goals and with all the SNT’s, Meetings, Leadership, and ETC. It honestly helped me drastically!”
– Spring 2020 inducted member

“Excellent leadership program. A great way to network.”
– Fall 2019 inducted member

“Even though it was a difficult and stressful semester [due to the pandemic], the advice that got through the NSLS help me to keep going.”
– Spring 2020 inducted member

“I am proud to be a part of such a motivational group.”
– Fall 2019 inducted member

“NSLS is a great organization keep helping students in becoming great leaders am glad to be apart of the students.”
– Spring 2020 inducted member

FAQS

How will the NSLS benefit me?
This Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive off-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance, and much more. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

What steps do I need to take to become an Inducted Member?
The NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.

Step 1– Have to be invited by NSLS via email or postcard.

Step 2– Pay membership fee  (One-time payment)

Step 3– Orientation

Step 4– Leadership Training Day

Step 5– Speaker Broadcasts (3) *all Union County College students/staff are welcome

Step 6– Success Networking Team Meetings (3) & Submit Reports (3)

Step 7– Attending community service hosted by the Office of College Life

Step 8– Induction and receive your induction kit

Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.

Requirements

  • Must be invited into the NSLS
  • Must have completed 6-36 Union County College credits
  • Must have a 2.75 or higher at the end of a Spring or Fall semester
  • After receiving an invitation, invitees must pay the membership fee and complete the workshops towards induction.

I want to be part of NSLS—what do I do now?
Students who are interested will have to make sure that they meet the requirements. Membership into the NSLS is by invitation only.

Who should I contact for more information?
The Union County College College-NSLS chapter advisor: Stephanie Martinez | NSLS@ucc.edu

For the Office of College Life contact them via email at Collegelife@ucc.edu. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @OCLUnion