The National Name Exchange


The National Name Exchange was established to help match graduate schools with students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups interested in graduate education.
In 2022, the Council of Graduate Schools assumed management of the National Name Exchange with a commitment to create opportunities for ethnically and racially underrepresented students to gain access to graduate education.



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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