Pre-McNair is a one-year (non-committal) program to explore what it is like to be a McNair Scholar and is open to freshmen and sophomores, only.  Students who maintain strong academic performance and who complete the Pre-McNair Program successfully may by-pass the traditional application and be formally admitted to the McNair Scholars Program.

  • Academic Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Valuable academic workshops
  • Research seminars
  • Fun social and cultural events
  • Invitation to the McNair program, upon completion of all requirements

Requirements include mandatory attendance at:

  • Pre-McNair Orientation (Offered in October during the Fall Semester)
  • Cultural and Social Events (At least 1 cultural event per year)
  • One Workshop in the Fall 
  • One Research Seminar in the Spring
  • One meeting per semester with a McNair Peer Advisor
  • One meeting per year with the National Fellowship Office


Please submit your completed application package to the Pre-McNair Scholars Program, Hood House, Room 210, no later than September 30th.  Applications accepted after September 30th will be accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply, please complete an application by September 30:

Pre-McNair Application