Why Should You Attend NCSL?

Companies want to hire students with full resumes filled with highly developed skills. But employers are having a hard time finding people with the right skill sets for the job. College students aren’t learning enough about critical thinking, communication, or conflict management. They crave help #adulting.

NCSL is famous for helping students put their lifelong success skills into practice. Students will take away foundational skills in crucial areas such as leadership, wellbeing, financial literacy, networking, and more to be successful in and outside the classroom and for life post-graduation.

When you attend NCSL:

  • You’ll be inspired to create change by the way you communicate
  • You’ll understand how to take care of yourself even while you help others succeed
  • You’ll see a big picture overview of issues that today’s college students face, while zeroing in on meaningful ways to make a difference for individuals
  • You’ll get practical steps to run your student organization and learn how to recruit and motivate new members
  • You’ll join a network of like-minded peers
  • You’ll feel more confident about your post-college opportunities because you will have practiced networking, resume writing, interviewing, financial planning and leadership

NCSL is where lifelong success begins!

But don’t just take our word for it…

  • Proven Skills & Strategies: Leave with practical tools you can use to excel in college and beyond.
  • Career Edge: Get a head start on your future with career development resources and networking opportunities.
  • Make a Difference: Discover your passions and explore ways to leave a lasting impact on your community.
  • Supportive Network: Connect with like-minded peers from across the country and build a lasting network.
  • Exclusive Advisor Programming: Student affairs professionals receive in-depth training and resources specifically tailored to your needs.
  • NCSL Membership: Develop a culture of championing student leadership at your campus. Member Institutions receive significant benefits. Attend NCSL in 2024 and receive a free NCSL Membership for your campus!

NCSL over-delivers on all fronts: 

  • World-class presenters
  • Interactive sessions
  • Customizable workshop schedule
  • Diverse attendees and campuses
  • Next-Gen strategies for all aspects of student life
  • Inclusive networking for all personality types
  • Personal and professional development you’ll use for the rest of your life
  • Legendary facilitators
  • ADA friendly

People who attend NCSL gain much more than information. They leave NCSL encouraged, inspired, and equipped with what to do next. 

Leave your preconceived ideas of what a conference is. NCSL is unlike any conference you’ve been to.

World Class Presentations

Every keynote is research-based educational content delivered in a culturally relevant way. The NCSL speakers and workshop leaders deliver cutting-edge presentations that do more than just motivate students. They give students tangible skills to lead on campus and beyond. Be prepared for an unforgettable conference experience! Think of each of the keynotes as an un-keynote designed to get you thinking, networking and difference-making.

Speakers Who Get You

Our speakers move beyond theory into practical application because they’ve been right where you are. They are business owners, advocates, advisors, teachers, professors, entrepreneurs, poets, and artists. They are first-generation college grads, children of immigrants, and people busting the status quo on a regular basis.

They get you. And they want to relate with you during the conference. 

“My favorite part of the conference was interacting with the presenters and speakers, whether it was during keynotes, workshops, or just meeting them outside of the rooms.”
—NCSL attendee

Conference Workshops

Build the best conference for your needs with a customizable workshop schedule. Plan to attend any session in any track. Make this conference your own!

Workshop topics include: 

  • innovative leadership for changing times
  • inclusive leadership
  • communication skills for leaders 
  • life skills and personal development
  • networking
  • self-care and wellness

NCSL is essential for student affairs professionals, too:

As a student advisor, you play a vital role in shaping the lives of your students. NCSL offers dedicated programming to equip you with the tools and resources you need to support their full spectrum of success.

  • Fresh Ideas and Inspiration: Gain new strategies and approaches to student development and leadership training.

  • Skill-Building Workshops: Participate in workshops designed to enhance your own leadership and facilitation skills.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with colleagues from across the country and share best practices.

  • Exclusive Advisor Programming: Gain access to in-depth training and resources specifically tailored to your needs.

  • Supporting Student Growth: Discover new ways to empower your students to achieve their full potential.

Use the NCSL App to Connect & Coordinate

Download the NCSL App to connect with other conference attendees ahead of time. Use the app during the conference so you’ll always know when and where you’re supposed to be. And after the conference, you’ll be able to download speaker handouts and other info to help you apply all that you learned to your day-to-day life on campus.

Attend NCSL if you are:

A student, especially a third- or fourth-year student


On a campus activities

Involved in
other extracurricular organizations

Interested in becoming a
leader on your campus

students and student leaders in any capacity

NCSL Helps You Succeed In and Outside the Classroom

We aim to make every conference better than the last. We bring back beloved speakers and invite many new ones. Alumni become workshop leaders. Every conference has its own vibe.

But there’s one thing that always stays the same: our dedication to being the best conference on student life.

You have it in you already: ideas, strength, empathy, advocacy.

You’re already a student on your campus. You have what it takes to make a difference. The world needs your voice. Don’t miss your chance to development lifelong skills that will help you succeed before and after graduation.