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Ronald McNair Program

TRIO Programs (TRIO)

Are You Eligible?


The McNair program is based on the premise that many undergraduate students possess the aptitude for advanced degrees. However, some promising students can be overlooked, especially those who are characterized as "disadvantaged." Therefore the McNair program seeks to bridge this gap between aptitude and access. In order to apply to the program you must:

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4-point scale)

Have successfully completed at least 60 semester course hours prior to the first day of the first internship

Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Be enrolled in a major that is served by the program

Express a sincere interest in doctoral study


You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a low-income and first-generation college student
    • Low-income status is determined by the program office and is in accordance with federal guidelines.
    • First generation means that neither custodial parent(s)/ guardian (s) graduated with a four year degree prior to your 18th birthday. 


  • Be a student that is classified as an underrepresented minority at the graduate level, defined as:
    • Black
    • Native American
    • Hispanic
    • Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native 

The successful applicant will also:

  • Be willing to devote sufficient time to the McNair internship
  • Possess emotional maturity and the ability to collaborate with others
  • Be motivated to learn through creative and non-traditional modes
  • Be open to self-reflection and guidance


Click on the Applications tab, to the left, to begin the process.

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