PENNCAP (Pennsylvania College Achievement Program) works closely with academically talented students, many from low-income or first-generation backgrounds, to support their success during their entire four years at Penn, from matriculation to graduation. Professional staff provide coaching, counseling, academic support, cultural enrichment, and assistance in developing meaningful personal and educational goals.
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The University of Pennsylvania is proud to be the first Ivy League institution to host the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. This Federal TRiO Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This project, also known as the McNair Scholars Program, identifies and prepares eligible students for graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. by providing research training and early scholarly experiences to high-achieving undergraduate Penn students. The program is named in honor of deceased NASA astronaut, Dr. Ronald E. McNair.