First Gen United

First-Gen United is GW's only student organization for first-generation college students. This student organization is made of and for first-generation college students. Being a first-gen student is something to celebrate, and this student organization seeks to assist first-generation college students in three areas: Social Support, Advocacy, and Academics. In order to get in contact with the First-Gen United (FGU) organization, please email them at [email protected].


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Textbook Resource Bank

FGU understands how expensive textbooks can be, so we provide free textbook rentals to first-gen students. If you are interested in renting a textbook from us, please email us at [email protected] to see if we have it available.

Mentorship Program

FGU’s Mentorship Program supports first-year students at GW by pairing them with an upper-class mentor. Mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis and attend events throughout the year, fostering community and friendship.


FGU hosts a variety of events throughout the year. FGU holds bi-weekly General Body Meetings as well as community service and social events. In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, FGU plans a weeklong celebration of first-gen students in November, since November 8th is National First-Generation Day. In the spring, FGU takes a group of students to the AL1GN (Alliance for the Low-income and First-Generation Narrative) conference. Attending the conference is free for all attendees.