First Generation Program Welcomes the Class of 2018!

by Nicholas Kaempf, Staff Associate, UAAP

first generation programThe First Generation Program (FGP) is a community of MIT students, faculty, alumni, and staff who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. First generation students make up approximately 17 percent of all MIT undergraduate students. The goal of the program is to connect first generation students with first generation faculty and students and to provide resources, support, and networking opportunities to the FGP community.  

In September, the FGP hosted a dinner for first generation freshmen in the class of 2018 to welcome them to MIT. Forty-one freshmen joined seven faculty members and four FGP Student Advisory Board members for dinner and the premiere of the UAAP’s I Am First Generation video, in which MIT faculty and current students discuss their path to MIT and their experiences as the first in their family to go to college.

In addition to the welcome dinner, the FGP also launched this year’s Peer Mentor Program at a kickoff breakfast on September 17. The yearlong Peer Mentor Program aims to connect first generation freshmen to first generation upperclassmen to help them adjust to life at MIT. Interested students applied to become mentors or mentees over the summer, and 20 pairs were matched based on their academic interests, background, and extracurricular activities. Several freshmen were introduced to their mentors at the breakfast, so it was a successful start to the Peer Mentor Program!

For more information about upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the First Generation Program website.