First Generation Peer Mentoring Program


The First Generation (“First Gen”) Peer Mentoring program is a pilot program housed in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) Resources.

The purpose of the program is to support student success at George Mason University. ODIME + LGBTQ Resources 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. Questions? Please contact

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: The deadline to apply is Friday, September 14, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday September 21st, 2018.

Interested in being a First Gen Mentor?

First Gen Peer Mentors have already been selected for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications for 2019-2020 mentors will be available February 2019.