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Admissions Advice

National Honors Society

So I just got invited into the NHS, and I am just confused by that, apparently, there is a $100 due? But I don't understand if it's helpful or if it's gonna do anything for me or my college chances. Should I start the membership? Just need some advice about this please, it's just overwhelming and my school counselor is not very helpful, unfortunately. Thank you

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@DebaterMAX8 months ago

Is it the NHS or another honor society?

@DebaterMAX8 months ago

Make sure to double check it is actually the NHS

[🎤 AUTHOR]@elalfeljef008 months ago

I am honestly so confused, It is the Honor Society Foundation? is it the same thing?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@elalfeljef008 months ago

I am honestly so confused, It is the Honor Society Foundation? is it the same thing?

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8 months ago

There are many 'honors society' groups one can join, but many of them are for-profit institutions that levy fees on their members and are not selective in their admission criteria. You should always be skeptical if a national honors society organization is bothering you with emails asking you to pay to join. Even NHS itself is only useful to a point - being a member won't make you stand out among other qualified applicants to elite schools. However, if you put in a time an energy (doing NHS-organized community service activities, participating in NHS leadership conferences, etc.), it can definitely be a good element of your application.

For more info on NHS and whether or not being a member is worth it, check out our blog post on this subject here:

https://blog.collegevine.com/is-national-honor-society-worth-it/

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8 months ago[edited]

Hello, there! I've gotten scams like that sent to me in the past; I'm certain that it's not a reputable organization. Admissions officers who see it on your transcript will think nothing of it. A real honors society is a form of award; so, what would a college admissions officer think of an award that you bought for yourself? Moreover, the only obligations you have in an authentic honors society would be completing work outside of your regular school schedule and attending meetings. I hope this helped! :)

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8 months ago[edited]

I’m 99% sure HSF isn’t the NHS. Make sure they are different by checking out the NSF website and compare logos. Assuming they are different don’t do it. All honor societies that aren’t the NHS or school run are a scam/waste of money.

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8 months ago

Honestly, I would not recommend you do unless you plan to pursue leadership in it. That is really expensive, I had to pay nothing. I agree with what Debater Max says, check if it is really NHS. Although it is good on an application, spend your time on something more important.

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