First-Gen Peer Mentoring

First-Gen Peer Mentoring

The First-Generation (“First-Gen”) Peer Mentoring program is a pilot program housed in the First-Gen+ Center.

The purpose of the program is to support student success at George Mason University. George Mason University defines first-generation students as those students whose parent(s)/guardian(s): (1) did not receive or complete any level of postsecondary education; (2) enrolled or earned a two-year degree from a community college; and/or (3) earned any level of postsecondary education outside of the United States. These students may have older siblings who have completed a degree.

Research consistently shows that students, in particular first-generation students, successfully transition to college and perform better academically when they have peers who provide support and guidance.

Apply for a mentor

Students are eligible to apply for a First-Gen Mentor if they meet the following qualifications:

  1. Are first-generation students at Mason
  2. Are in their first year at Mason (this includes incoming freshmen and transfer students) Applications are currently open and can be found at:

If you’d like more information please email with any questions.

Interested in being a First-Gen Mentor?

First-Gen Peer Mentors have already been selected for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications for 2023-2024 mentors will be available December 2022.