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

Are you interested in applying to graduate or professional school, but unsure where to start? Whether you’re intrigued by the idea of pursuing a master’s, PhD, doctorate degree, law degree, medical school, or any other advanced degree, this workshop is…
Learn more about RAMP and McNair, AAP’s structured programs and learn about scholars’ experiences in these programs.  As part of the U.S. Department of Education funded TRIO Programs, the McNair Scholars program guides first-generation and low-income and/or underrepresented students into…
Are you considering pursuing a graduate or professional degree after completing your undergraduate studies? The Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) family is here to assist students interested in seeking advanced degrees. We will uncover AAP's vast array of resources, including structured…