First Gen United

First Gen United (FGU) is GW's only student organization comprised of and for first-generation college students. Being a first-gen student is something to celebrate, and this student organization seeks to help them soar to success. FGU assists first-generation college students in three areas: acclimation, advocacy, and academics. In order to get in contact with First Gen United, please email them at [email protected].

Textbook Bank

FGU understands how expensive textbooks can be, so they work to provide free textbooks to first-gen students. If you are interested in renting a textbook, please email them at [email protected] to see if it is 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 monthly professional development and social events. In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, FGU also supports First Friday Dinners. On the first Friday of every month, community members gather to eat and participate in academic and professional workshops. At the end of the spring semester, FGU also holds a First Gen Formal to celebrate graduating first-generation students.

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