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Every year the program serves 14 new students. In 16 years, the NEIU McNair Program has served a total of 226 students and it has been successful enrolling a high number of underrepresented statuses, low income and underrepresented students in higher education.           

Eligibility Requirements

Actual

Percentage

Required

Low-income status

177

78%

66%

First-generation status

200

88%

66%

First-generation and low income

163

72%

66%

From underrepresented status

186

88%

33%

Source: NEIU McNair Program Annual Performance Report 2020

Most of the NEIU McNair scholars are from Latino and African American background, mostly coming from the field of social sciences and humanities.

 

Starting in 2017, McNair focused in the recruitment of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Currently, 25% of newly recruited students belong to these areas. It is expected that by 2022, 50% of newly recruited scholars will come from STEM-related programs.

Year

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

 

STEM Recruits

3

4

5

6

7

7

 
 

Percent Increase

21%

29%

36%

43%

50%

50%

 

The McNair Program has been successful in training its scholars with research activities and enrolling them in graduate studies.

The average grade point average (GPA) of our graduating McNair Scholars is 3.64 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Historically, 100% of NEIU McNair Scholars have completed research and other scholarly activities, such as internal and external summer research programs, research seminar and classes, research conferences, graduate school visits, GRE preparation workshops and other activities conducive to their entrance to graduate programs.

Around 79% of the students enroll in graduate school by the fall term of the academic year immediately following completion of that degree.

  • Currently, there are 86 McNair Scholars students enrolled in Graduate School: 46 in master's and 40 in Ph.D. programs
  • As of today, 95 NEIU Scholars have attained a master’s degree and ten have attained a Ph.D.

Eight Scholars attained a doctoral degree well within the 10 years allotted by the Department of Education to obtain this credential.