What is the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program?

Established through the U.S. Department of Education, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was federally funded in the  1960s as part of the TRIO Programs.  This program was implemented in October 1989 at Purdue University Calumet as the McNair Achievement Program,with the goal of encouraging and  preparing students who traditionally have not been part of the educational mainstream in obtaining graduate education; striving to make post-baccalaureate study a reality. Advocating across all disciplines, this program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral study.


Who is Eligible to Participate in the McNair Achievement Program?

To become a McNair Achievement program participant, a student must be currently enrolled at Purdue Calumet as an undergraduate, have completed a minimum of 30 degree credit hours, and meet the below specific eligibility requirements:

  • First generation college student (neither parent has received a four year bachelor’s degree from a college or university) and low income as determined by the U.S. Department of Education; or
  • Be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate study.


Accomplishments of the McNair Achievement Program

scholars in the McNair Achievement Program have been admitted to graduate/professional schools throughout the country. Below are some of the graduate and fellowship programs that McNair scholars have been admitted or are participating in:

  • The Ohio state University Graduate school (Columbus)
  • University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign Graduate college
  • The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Graduate Studies
  • The University of Iowa (Iowa city) Graduate College
  • The Graduate School at Purdue University Calumet and west Lafayette
  • Northwestern University (Evanston) Graduate School
  • The University of Chicago Graduate School
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison) Law School
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Graduate School of Business
  • Teaching and Graduate Assistantship Programs

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