Ronald E. McNair Program

Contact McNair Program

Dr. Roper Nedd, Associate Director
Ronald E. McNair
Achievement Program
2202 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.405.4749
Fax: 301.314.7255

Ronald E. McNair

Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

    Admission to the McNair Program


    Eligible students are:

    • Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 in the major or

    • Students with exceptional academic progress in the two preceding semesters or

    • Students with exceptional academic progress in the last 30 hours of academic credits.

    • Students interested in attending graduate school and pursuing doctoral studies.

    • Students interested in a joint professional and traditional academic doctoral degree.

    • Full-time sophomores (60 credits minimum), juniors and, on rare occasion, seniors who can commit to a summer research experience and have had prior research experience.

    • Students enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park, Frostburg State University, or Saint Mary's College of Maryland;

    • Students who are traditionally under-represented in graduate school or specific graduate programs;

    • Students who meet financial and family education requirements;

    • U.S. Citizen or Perminent Resident; and

    • Transfer students who meet all the above requirements.

    Qualities and Attributes of Our Applicants

    Because we are preparing the next generation of problem-solvers, scholars, public intellectuals, professors, and leaders, we consider the following qualities:

    • Self-motivated

    • Mature, responsible and reliable

    • Potential for leadership

    • Honesty, sincerity and integrity

    • A commitment to research

    • An activist spirit

    • A desire to discover new knowledge

    Program Services

    The program offers these services:

    • Preparation for graduate school admissions tests

    • Supplemental academic advising

    • Graduate school advising

    • Tutoring

    • Research mentoring

    • Paid summer research internship

    • Assistance with identification and acquisition of graduate school financing

    • Assistance with graduate school applications

    • Advanced writing classes

    • Opportunities to present research at national McNair Conferences

    • Research preparation classes/seminars

    • Academic development workshops

    When to Apply

    Priority Deadline: December 31, 2018.

    Regular Deadline: February 11, 2019.
    Applications are being processed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until all spaces are filled. Please contact the McNair Scholars Program Office with questions: or 301-405-4749.

    Application Process

    • Complete and submit an application:

      • Completed application form supplying information on background and skills.

      • Statement of Purpose outlining graduate studies objectives and how participation in the program will help meet those objectives.

      • All official transcripts, including from transfer institutions.

      • Three letters of recommendation appraising the student's academic abilities and potential to successfully complete graduate level work. Two of the letters must come from professors in the student's field of study or previous professors if a transfer student. The third letter of recommendation may come from a TRIO program director if student was or is a participant in a TRiO program or another individual who can speak to student's character and other personal qualities.

      • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status

      • Family Income Verification Information:

        • Signed tax statement from parent (if dependent)

        • Signed financial aid form

        • Signed statement on application from parent (if dependent)

        • Signed statement on application from applicant (if independent)

    Application Form

    Please click here to complete the application.