McNair Scholars taking a group picture in front of the reflection pond.

Academic Advancement Programs

Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) prepares first generation, Pell-eligible, and underrepresented college students to pursue advanced degrees. AAP works in collaboration with faculty, staff, national, and international partners to provide a range of graduate school preparation programs and services. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of the graduate school application process, graduate school funding, summer research programs, and fellowship opportunities.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Recipients have participated 
in AAP Programs


Funded Scholars participating 
in AAP Programs


Of McNair Scholars have enrolled
in post baccalaureate
programs since 2003

Considering Graduate School?


Ph.D. bound? Embrace his legacy.
Create your own.


Prepare for Graduate School
while conducting research.

Pre-Grad Peer Advising

Are you interested in Graduate School
and want to learn next steps?

AAP Students

Upcoming Events

The graduate admissions process can be complex to navigate. During this webinar, ETS Graduate Education Advisors will introduce you to the graduate school application process from the faculty reviewer perspective and offer a specific set of tasks to help you…
Attend an info session to learn more AAP’s structured programs, and talk to students about their experience in the program. The McNair Scholars program, as part of the U.S. Department of Education funded TRIO Programs, guides first-generation and low-income and/or…
Are you thinking of pursuing a graduate degree after graduation? Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) offer graduate school preparation for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees. We will explain what AAP offers, including structured programs, information sessions, resources for researching and…