Generation HC Program

The Generation HC Program (Gen HC) engages, celebrates, and supports first-generation Honors College students throughout their first year at college. Being a first-generation (first-gen) student, the first in their families to go to college, is an exceptional accomplishment and a testament to their academic strength, grit, and determination.

From the opportunity to move into the Honors College before the rest of the first-year class, to access to a yearlong Gen HC Mentor, specific Gen HC programming, a tailored Byrne Seminar, and more, first-gen Honors College students—known as Gen HC Fellows—get the support they need to help transition to college and succeed.

Gen HC Fellows

Gen HC Fellows are a select group of students invited to participate in the Honors College Gen HC Program, including:

  • A special family welcome brunch
  • A unique three-day pre-orientation designed to connect Gen HC students with first-gen faculty and staff from across Rutgers
  • Eligibility for up to an additional $5,000 in need-based scholarships for education-related expenses for their participation in Gen HC events
  • Access to a Gen HC Mentor, an upper-class mentor, based on their specific needs
  • Yearlong programming focused on success, wellness, and maximizing the Rutgers student experience
  • Priority registration to the Gen HC Byrne Seminar “Practicing the Science of Success,” fulfilling their Byrne Seminar HC requirement

Gen HC Mentors

Gen HC Mentors are upper-class first-gen Honors College students who serve as a resource for Gen HC Fellows. Together, they plan collaborative events designed to address the unique needs of high achieving first-gen students. Gen HC mentors foster a sense of community through group meetups and one-on-one interactions. They also serve as role models and referral agents for student questions and concerns.