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 McNair Scholars Program, Hood House, Room 210, no later than September 30.  Applications accepted after September 30 will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Pre-McNair Application