The National Student Exchange is interested in adding colleges and universities throughout the United States, its territories, and Canada which can offer new opportunities for students and are committed to providing the quality of service described in the NSE Handbook and practiced by NSE's members. An applying campus will be evaluated on its ability to meet the eligibility and evaluation criteria listed below.
Regionally accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities located in the United States, its territories, and Canada are eligible to apply for NSE membership.
The following criteria, singly or in combination, are those on which a prospective NSE member institution will be evaluated to determine whether or not an invitation will be extended to complete the application process:
- academic programs which complement and/or supplement the academic offerings and options of current member institutions
- unique programs or opportunities for exchange
- location in a geographic region not currently represented or under-represented in the NSE family
- location in regions of high student interest
Of particular interest to the National Student Exchange are senior research universities and campuses that offer ethnic, cultural, geographic, and/or academic diversity.
A campus declares its intent to explore membership by filing a preliminary application. To finalize membership, NSE requires a one-day, on-campus site visit and orientation (at the applying member's expense). April 1 is the priority deadline for filing the preliminary application for membership. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged as is attendance at the NSE annual placement conference, in the year prior to membership.
"Given the rural backgrounds of many University of Wyoming students, the NSE program provides special academic opportunities and personal experiences for students as they access colleges and universities outside the Rocky Mountain Region. At the same time, incoming NSE students bring diversity and unique perspectives to the campus. Everyone seems to benefit from an association with the National Student Exchange program."
and Former Assistant Dean of Students
University of Wyoming