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Applying to McNair

The McNair application is now OPEN!

Complete applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

CSUSM McNair Application

Application Deadline:  Monday, March 1, 2021

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 2022 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)