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McNair Scholars are motivated and determined to be successful. They have demonstrated their academic achievement by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In their pursuit of excellence, McNair Scholars partner with peers, faculty, and staff at Cal State Fullerton to learn new academic skills, expand their scholarly knowledge, and cultivate successful attitudes and values. Just like Ronald E. McNair, the Scholars ultimately attain what they thought was impossible- a graduate level education.


-Completion of at least 59 semester units

-A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

-U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

-Verification of a family income level with the parameters set by the U.S. Department of Education

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The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding
year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. The figures shown under family income
represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census
Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register ,
Vol. 70, No. 33, February 18, 2005, pp. 8373-8375.

-Major in a field targeted by the McNair Program

-A first-generation college student and/or a member of a racial group or ethnic group underrepresented in graduate education

Intent to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) after graduation (This does not include professional degrees such as Law (JD), Medicine (MD), Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and Pharmacy (PharmD).

In order to be eligible for the McNair Program, you must be able to attend at least four of our Summer Workshops, meet with the Academic Coordinator on a regular basis, and work with a faculty member on an original research project.

Applications are available online. Click "Application" at left. For more information, call (657) 278-7667 or visit us in LH-809.