The Ronald E. McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare students who have traditionally been underrepresented in graduate studies for the journey leading to the Ph.D. (The U.S. Department of Education, in this instance, defines underrepresented as first-generation college students of any race from low-income backgrounds or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, or Pacific Islander.) As a participant in the program, you will have access to skills-building courses and tutoring, research experiences with a faculty mentor and individualized assistance through the graduate school application process.


  • Full-time student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and
  • First-generation college student of any ethnic background who has a low-income level as determined by the Department of Education or a student who identifies as African American, Latino/Hispanic or Native American

Interested students should contact the McNair program director for the program application.