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In 2022, the Council of Graduate Schools assumed management of the National Name Exchange. CGS is committed to NNE’s founding vision: to create opportunities for ethnically and racially underrepresented students to gain access to graduate education.

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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.

2022 Participating Institutions

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

Arizona State University

Baylor University

Case Western Reserve University*

Colorado School of Mines

Columbia University

Cornell University

Drexel University

Duke University

Emory University

Florida State University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Grand Valley State University

Hood College*

Howard University

Iowa State University

James Madison University

Kennesaw State University

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miami University

Michigan Technological University

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mississippi State University

Montana State University

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northern Michigan University

Oklahoma State University

Princeton University

Purdue University

Rice University

San Diego State University

The Ohio State University

The University of Alabama

The University of Chicago*

The Johns Hopkins University

The University of Kansas

The University of Rochester

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville*

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Arkansas

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Central Florida

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Houston

University of Illinois at Chicago*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Kentucky

University of Massachusetts Amherst*

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Michigan – Flint

University of Minnesota

University of Montana

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of New Hampshire*

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Texas

University of Notre Dame

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California*

University of Utah

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Virginia Polytechnic and State University*

Washington State University

Western Kentucky University

Yale University


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.