ASU Graduate Campus


McNair Scholars Program

Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate achievement program

McNair is one of seven programs, under the federal TRIO Programs. TRIO is funded by the Department of Education and is targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. The McNair program, named for the late astronaut, Ronald Ervin McNair, who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion, provides students with research opportunities, faculty mentors and opportunities to publish and or present research findings, and preparation for graduate school.
Currently ASU does not have a TRIO funded McNair Program; however, ASU recognizes McNair Scholars as students coming from some of the most competitive undergraduate programs in the country to graduate school at Arizona State University.
What does ASU offer McNair scholars?
  • ASU offers you unsurpassed preparation for your future with 450+ outstanding graduate degrees, concentrations and certificates.
  • Recognized as one of the top universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and named the most innovative university by US News and World Report five years in a row, ASU offers graduate students the career-building opportunity to collaborate with outstanding faculty to make a real impact on important issues
  • ASU’s graduate programs consistently rank among the best in the nation, with strong representation in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools.
  • With exceptional services through ASU Graduate College and a vibrant graduate student community, you will be surrounded by support.
  • Community of Scholars offers an abundance of resources for academic, career professional development and Community engagement.
  • Innovative directions in research and interdisciplinary programs. In all, ASU is home to more than 50 research centers and institutes, including the Arizona Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability, and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
ASU waives the university application fee for McNair scholars
The domestic graduate university application fee is waived for McNair scholars applying to an ASU graduate program.
Before submitting the ASU graduate admissions application, a McNair University representative or scholar should email a copy of the student’s McNair award letter or McNair verification form to In the email, include the following information:
  • Student Name
  • Student Birthdate
  • Student Email (used when applying to ASU)
  • Exact program student is applying to
  • Term student is applying to
Please note that it may take up to 72 hours to process a request.