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Applying to McNair

We are now accepting applications for spring 2019 enrollment. For more information, contact McNair staff at 

The McNair application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 1, 2019. 


McNair Application 


Participant Eligibility:

  • CSUSM McNair Scholars must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program at the California State University San Marcos.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have completed 60 units (or equivalent) by the time of formal entry into the program
  • Expected graduate date of spring 2020 or later
  • Must have an overall university GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must express a STRONG desire to attain a graduate degree (e.g., Ph.D., master’s degree, etc.)
  • Must be:
    • A low-income student who is also a first-generation college student (parent(s) or legal guardian(s) do NOT have a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree) OR
    • A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (e.g., Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latina/Latino/Hispanic or Native Hawaiian /Pacific Islander)

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of college transcript from each institution you have attended, including CSUSM (unofficial is fine)
  • A writing sample of at least two pages that was completed within the last year (e.g., a paper from a course)
  • Verification of income status (Example of tax document)