NEW: The National Science Foundation Supports the National Name Exchange






CGS is pleased to announce that a recent award from NSF (#2331287) will allow CGS to expand its data collection and technological infrastructure for the National Name Exchange (NNE) program. Originally established to help connect graduate schools to underrepresented students interested in pursuing graduate degrees, NSF and CGS aim to expand the number of institutions participating in NNE – including minority-serving institutions – and increase participation of groups underrepresented in STEM so that all Americans have the opportunity to engage in these programs. The expanded NNE will be a strategic tool to help universities recruit graduate students and strengthen pathways into careers in STEM. The funding will also help identify gaps in data about transitions to STEM graduate programs. Read the full press release here.

New: Resources for NNE Coordinators


Founded in 1976, the National Name Exchange began as a consortium of fifty-five nationally-known universities which annually collected and exchanged the names of their underrepresented students who were in their sophomore, junior or senior year of their undergraduate education. The purpose of the Exchange is to ensure that participating universities continue to identify a pool of students who could be recruited to the graduate programs at these institutions. NNE participating institution conduct other activities consistent with the national efforts to increase the enrollment of traditionally underrepresented peoples in graduate education. In 2022, the National Name Exchange became part of the Council of Graduate Schools and is now managed by CGS.

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The National Name Exchange was established to help match graduate schools with students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups interested in graduate education. The National Name Exchange seeks to:

  • Increase the number of qualified students from underrepresented groups accepted into graduate school;
  • Improve student access to information on graduate school opportunities.
  • Work towards personalizing the recruitment effort by designating a National Name Exchange institutional representative to facilitate information exchange between the institution and prospective students.
  • Assist graduate schools in identifying qualified candidates from underrepresented groups for consideration for graduate study.

How Students Benefit

Pursuing a graduate degree is often not a consideration for many underrepresented students—particularly those who may be first generation college students. By providing students easy access to information on the many graduate opportunities available to them, the NNE hopes that students will see graduate study as a viable goal.

2023 Participating Institutions

Schools with an asterisk next to their name are offering application waivers to NNE students.

Arizona State University

Boston University

Case Western Reserve University*

Colorado School of Mines

Columbia University

Cornell University

Duke University

East Carolina University

Emory University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Grand Valley State University

Hood College

Howard University

Indiana University

Iowa State University

James Madison University

The Johns Hopkins University

Kennesaw State University

Lehigh University

Louisiana State University and A&M College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Mississippi State University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Montana State University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern University

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Rowan University

Rutgers University, Newark Campus

Rutgers University, The School of Graduate Studies

Stanford University

State University of New York at Oswego

Temple University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham*

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, San Diego

University of Central Florida

The University of Chicago

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois, Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

University of Michigan – Flint

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri, Columbia

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of New Hampshire

University of New Mexico

University of Notre Dame

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburg

The University of Rochester

The University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Texas at Austin

Villanova University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Washington State University

Washington University in St. Louis

Western Kentucky University

Western Michigan University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


For more information about the National Name Exchange, please contact Matt Linton.

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

McNair is one of the TRIO programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. It is designed to encourage and prepare low-income, first-generation in college, and minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in college teaching.