Registration for the 2020 McNab Admission Program taking place June 11-12, 2020 is now closed. Registration for the 2021 program will open in February 2021. Please check back here for more details.

The McNab Admission Program is for rising 11th and 12th grade children and grandchildren of alumni, and children of faculty and staff. The purpose of the McNab Admission Program is to equip families with strategies for the college search and application process. Note that the program is best-suited for students entering their junior year.

One of the main benefits of the program is its one-to-one personal advising. Deans and directors of admission from other colleges and universities and several seasoned college counselors from high schools and community-based organizations around the country will join us for the program.

Schedule and Cost

The McNab Program begins at noon on Thursday, June 11, and ends late in the afternoon on Friday, June 12  — review our 2019 schedule (PDF) as an example. Each student and family member attending the program pays a $100 fee. This subsidized fee helps to defray the cost of meals, materials and visiting counselors. In addition, families are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Should your financial situation prevent you from attending, please contact Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2710 to discuss your options confidentially. A full refund will be awarded for those who are unable to attend if notification is received by June 1. 

Lottery and Registration

McNab is an exceptionally popular program and each year has a waitlist. Due to high demand, beginning in 2019 we doubled the size of the program to 120 families. As in previous years, attendees will be selected by a lottery. Based upon previous year numbers of applicants, we anticipate still holding a waitlist each year.

Lottery entries will be accepted online between Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST and Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The time stamp for the registration will not determine acceptance into the program. Program participants will be selected at random by a computer system, which will also generate a random waitlist. If a registered participant declines his/her position, the first person on the waitlist will be offered a place in the program, and so on.

Notification of Program Acceptance

Those accepted into the program will receive a notification email. Confirmation of acceptance is required to hold the student's spot. If a response is not received during the given period, the participant forfeits his or her place in the program. Those placed on the waitlist will also receive an email indicating their status and will receive further correspondence if a spot opens, and they are offered a place in the program. 

McNab is primarily for students. We highly encourage students and parents to attend the program together. Occasionally students attend on their own, but parents should not attend without a student. If a student is accepted and has a sibling who has also registered for McNab the same year, the other sibling will also be admitted. Due to the interactive nature of McNab for both students and parents, we can only accommodate those actually participating in the program. No childcare will be provided during the program. 

Hotels and Travel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Homewood Suites Davidson (exit 30, group code "MCN") and at Hampton Inn Charlotte North/Lake Norman (19501 Statesville Road, Cornelius, group code "DAV" or call (704) 892-9900 and mention you are with the McNab Admission Program). These rooms will be released to the general public after May 21.

Additionally, when making travel arrangements, please keep in mind that transportation to and from the college will not be provided. If you are traveling by air and do not plan to rent a car, there are ride share services available in the area and we recommend Lake Norman Limousine Service (704-892-8879) or Yellow Cab of Lake Norman (704-664-3232).

Please review maps and directions for for more information about the campus and surroundings.

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McNab Admission Program 2021: June 10-11, 2021