Becoming a Member

Nomination Through Invitation

Nomination criteria is determined by the local chapter leaders and is typically based on GPA and/or leadership potential. Students that were invited to our chapter earned distinction with their nomination given by New Mexico State University. To achieve induction, the leadership program requirements must be met to achieve induction. Once you become a member, you are a member for life.

Please contact the advisor or the chapter president for more information.

Nomination Without Invitation

In order to join the NSLS at your campus or online, you must submit an application, receive a nomination from at least one faculty member, and then be approved by your Chapter Advisor. While only one faculty nomination is needed, we recommend requesting nomination from 3 faculty as it can take time for faculty to reply. Additionally, it helps to request recommendation from more than one faculty to assure they receive the nomination request in case it gets caught in a faculty member’s junk folder.

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In order to secure your nomination to join the NSLS, follow the steps below:

  • Submit your nomination request below to up to three faculty members that you believe will nominate you for membership.
  • Personalize each of the letters to make it clear this request is coming from you.
  • Log back in within a few days to check the status of your nomination.

Each faculty member will receive an email from you asking for their nomination, and offering them a chance to submit their reflections on your leadership potential. Once the NSLS receives a nomination for your membership, your application and nomination is forwarded to your on campus Chapter Advisor to determine if you will be selected to join the chapter this semester. If approved by your Chapter Advisor, you will receive an email notification along with a nomination code that will enable you to join.

You will receive log-in information via email that will allow you to check the status of your application. We wish you the best of luck with your candidacy!


NSLS members pay a one-time registration fee of $95 when applying to join the organization. The fee includes all membership benefits, partner discounts and a lifetime membership. Membership does not expire or need renewing. Once you become a member, you are a member for life, even if you do not complete the requirements needed to be inducted.

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The one-time membership fee is a requirement that we are unable to waive. If you need more time to sign up, please contact the advisor or chapter president to request permission to sign up after the deadline.

If you want to pay your membership fee using a check or money order, you can submit a paper application for membership to the National Office. To submit a paper application, please visit the NSLS website at and enter your invitation code. Once you have accessed the online application and get to the section asking for Payment Information, you will see a link to the Paper Application. You can print and mail this application with a check or money order.

Keep in mind that while you can fill out a paper application, you do need regular access to the internet in order to successfully complete the leadership training program and become inducted as a NSLS member.