Honor Society Legitimacy:

Fact or Fiction?

How Can You Tell If
Your Honor Society Is Legitimate?

You can tell if your honor society is legitimate by checking if they are accredited with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), have nonprofit status, are endorsed by university presidents, have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, or have positive reviews from verified 3rd party review sites such as Google or Facebook.

Honor Society Scams
Separating Fact From Fiction.

As college students, you receive many invitations to join clubs and organizations, but how can you determine which ones are truly legitimate and not just a scam?


FACT: Legitimate honor societies have an academic requirement and are certified by the Association of College Honor Societies.

FACT: Legitimate honor societies are registered nonprofits and have an A+ business rating from the Better Business Bureau.

FACT: Legitimate honors societies are an academic investment and charge a nominal one-time lifetime membership fee.


FICTION: No one should ever charge for an honor. NSCS goes beyond simply a pin or an honor, we provide real benefits that make your membership fee a worthwhile investment in your future.

FICTION: Superior academic performance and good grades will get me the job/scholarship/internship that I want (employers and application committees want to see more).

FICTION: One bad review must mean that you NSCS is fake or a scam. We know it is easy to get discouraged after seeing a negative comment online, but we encourage you to take a look at the real face and voices of NSCS. We have over 200 Google reviews, a 4.5 rating on Facebook and over 300 review on GreatNonProfits.org!

Is The National Society Of Collegiate Scholars Legitimate?

First and foremost, take a look at what NSCS offers. By becoming a member of NSCS you get so much more than simply a pin – you gain access to a nationwide community of like-minded scholars, exclusive scholarship opportunities, discounts on car insurance and more, and relevant content delivered straight to your inbox and your Instagram feed. But you don’t have to simply take our word for it.

Here are the facts:

NSCS is a 501c3 registered nonprofit with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

NSCS is accredited with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. Visit the website to see NSCS listed among the other accredited organizations.


We’ve been endorsed by university presidents nationwide:

“Thank you for providing an opportunity for our high-achieving undergraduate students to showcase their commitment to scholarship, leadership and service. The support and professional development you provide to our students is very generous.”

Kent Syverud,

Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

“Honor societies like the NSCS contribute greatly to our academic community. Our chapter members receive lasting benefits from your vision and generosity, and I am grateful.”

Dr. Mark Schlissel,

President, University of Michigan

Our Members:

Once you join, you are a member FOR LIFE! Here’s what some of our members have to say:

  • “NSCS paid off tremendously, and it’s, it’s developed me as a person, not just as a student. It’s brought me out of my shell as a president and an officer.” Alex Rye, Michigan State University
  • “NSCS is the real deal. They’ve given me real opportunities connecting me to real people. And even as an alumni, I’ve gotten so many opportunities out of this.” Daniela Espinosa, NSCS alumni

We hope this information has helped you gain a little more insight into what NSCS really is. So now we empower you to decide for yourself. Join the one million plus students who have chosen to make NSCS part of their collegiate life and beyond.

Get In Touch

Have questions?  We have answers and we would love to hear from you!

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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, certified FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) compliant by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies and is a proud member of the National Orientation Directors Association and the American Association of Community Colleges.


The NSCS national office
2000 M Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Email: nscs@nscs.org
Phone: 202.265.9000
Fax: 202.265.9200