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Prospective Students

Reasons to Apply

  • Do you want to pursue a Ph.D but don’t know how to get there? McNair provides compressive graduate school advising!
  • Receive faculty mentoring.
  • Meet goal-oriented students with similar backgrounds.
  • Get paid to learn! McNair provides a summer research stipend of $2800.
  • McNair provides support in preparing for graduate school applications.
  • Become a part of the the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program family! The McNair program is a renowned national program with over 40 years of history.

Eligibility 

  • Consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program at CSULB. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact McNair@csulb.edu or submit McNair Interest form. To be considered for the TRiO McNair Scholars Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Currently enrolled at CSULB as an undergraduate with at least 3.00 cum GPA.
  • Completed at least 60 units (transfer units included) by end of the current academic year. Please note, that you must have at least 2 semesters or more left before graduation (Spring, Summer and Fall).
  • Both low-income based on federal income guidelines AND first generation status (parent/guardian did not earn a 4-year college degree); OR
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group (e.g. Black/African American - non-Hispanic; Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • Intention to pursue and complete a Ph.D.

McNair Commitment 

  • Attend coaching sessions 2x semester or more
  • Attend research/scholarly activities 
  • Engage in a second research opportunity 
  • Meet with Faculty mentor 2x semester 
  • Attend/present at 2+ research symposiums and conferences. 
  • Create a Graduate School Application Timeline
  • Apply to 7 graduate programs: 1 must be out of state, 1 must be a PhD program
  • Visit at least 2 graduate schools (virtually or in person)
  • Successfully complete research courses as required by major
  • Apply for scholarships, fellowships, grant aid, etc.
  • Complete the FAFSA

Application

  • The McNair application opens mid-October-January (specific dates may vary).
  • For questions or concerns about the application, please contact: McNair@csulb.edu 

Application Timeline