Student Enrollment Deadline Extended!

The student enrollment deadline has been extended to September 15.

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. More information about NNE will follow in 2022, including about how to register.



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.


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.


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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.