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How can I tell if an honor society is legitimate?

There are a number of honor societies that you’ll have the opportunity to be invited to during your time in college. However, it’s important to understand which of these honor societies provide legitimate value to you and your future.

Below are some things to consider when deciding whether or not an honor society is legitimate:


Accreditation is a fundamental component that helps to determine whether or not an organization meets the minimum standards of quality. These standards are set by a governing body that reviews all organizations that seek accreditation.

The NSLS is fully accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED).


Transparency in criteria for selection and accountability in impact to the purpose. The NSLS meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to its purpose through its certification as a for-benefit organization.

Educational Investment

A legitimate honor society recognizes scholastic excellence and/or exemplary leadership in its members. Such a society will allocate its membership fees to fund a range of personal and professional development opportunities. The NSLS designates its membership dues to fund a wealth of programs and exclusive member benefits.

Better Business Bureau

Legitimate honor societies will be registered with the Better Business Bureau and will maintain the highest rating possible. The NSLS is registered with and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Work with Thought Leaders

Legitimate honor societies will have strong ties and relationships with highly successful individuals and thought leaders across industries. They’ll be able to use these relationships to provide value to their members.

Success Stories

A legitimate honor society will be able to showcase member success stories. These stories feature how the honor society helps members prepare for, and succeed in, all their endeavors.