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Loyola University Chicago

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program


Program Overview

Let Us Take You From Point A To PhD

The Loyola University Chicago McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduate students for graduate study at the doctoral level. Thirty sophomores and juniors who demonstrate strong academic potential are selected each year. These students participate in scholarly activities during the academic year and over the summer. The McNair Scholars Program is rigorous and requires that Scholars take their educational commitment seriously.

An integral component of the McNair Scholars Program is the Summer Research Internship where students conduct research under the tutelage of a faculty mentor.  Program participants must be committed to being enrolled in a graduate program the fall following the attainment of their bachelor’s degree. The program tracks students throughout their graduate education and towards the successful completion of their doctoral degree, which is expected to be obtained within 10 years.

Students who meet program criteria and intend to pursue a Ph.D. are strongly encouraged to apply to the program.

**Please Note** The McNair Scholars Program is not designed to prepare students for professional programs such as law, medicine, dentistry, or management.

Mission of the McNair Scholars Program
To motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds empowering them with the information, knowledge, and resources necessary to successfully apply and  enter Graduate School and complete their PhD degree.

Goal of the McNair Scholars Program
The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to enhance the attainment of graduate degrees awarded to students from underrepresented segments of society.

Vision of Loyola University Chicago’s McNair Scholars Program
We envision a program that coincides with Loyola University Chicago’s mission of social justice and finding God in all things.  Our Scholars will be well prepared with research skills, innovative and engaged pedagogical techniques, and mentoring capabilities. We envision our McNair students becoming the next generation of scholars, exceeding their academic potential, contributing to the common good, and fulfilling their individual destinies.


1032 W. Sheridan Rd. · Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.3396 · gradschool@luc.edu

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