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

Academic Advancement Programs

Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) prepares underrepresented, low-income and first generation 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

Topics covered include: Selecting the right graduate program Understanding the graduate school application process Writing strong personal statements Requesting letters of recommendation Networking with graduate school staff and faculty
As the kick-off event for Grad Prep Week, join us for the first graduate student panel. Have you ever wondered how students manage to successfully apply to and thrive in graduate school while handling other responsibilities? This Academic Advancement Programs…
For Grad Prep Week, join Dr. Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez from Princeton University as she presents on what a summer research program is and how it can help you prepare for graduate school. If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate…