The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at San Jose State University


The NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at San Jose State University was started in 2020. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members. 

Students are selected based on exemplary leadership potential. As of 2023 we have 180+ members who have access to:

The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.

If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:

  • Learn from exceptional leaders like former President Barack Obama, Gabrielle Union, and Sheryl Sandberg during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.

  • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).

  • Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.

  • Access to private networking events.

Visit the NSLS website to learn more about and accept your nomination. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Some of the common questions we receive are listed below. If you have any other questions, visit to chat with a team member, email, or call 201-222-6544. For questions about our SJSU Chapter, please email

Where can I learn more about the NSLS?

We are hosting a "Leadership at Lunch: Learn more about the National Soceity of Leadership and Success" session on Tuesday, August 29 from noon-1pm in the Student Union. 

How much is it to join the NSLS?

There is a $95 fee to join the NSLS but we have a "scholarship" to waive the fee. The application is located here and we will be giving out 5 codes for the Fall 2023 semester! Deadline to apply is Monday, August 28, 2023.

What do I have to do to become inducted?

Our five-step program takes approximately 12 hours over the course of the semester at your pace. The steps include pay your $95 dues fees, attend an Orientation, participation in Leadership Training Day, attendance at 3 speaker broadcasts, and taking part in at least 3 Success Netowrking Team (SNT) meetings, and finally the Induction! Learn more by watching our information session video.

Our Chapter Scholarship application, which will waive the $95 fee, is located here!

Is this recognized on campus?

Yes, the SJSU Chapter is hosted out of the Office of Student Involvement on campus. As of 2023, we had 180+ in our chapter and there are more than 1.4 million members nationwide.

What do I have to do to be nominated?

If you were not already nominated by a faculty or staff member on campus, you can fill out our self-nomination form to join our chapter on your own! 


Watch our NSLS Leadership at Lunch Informational session here