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, tailored student success workshops, 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 unique pre-orientation designed to connect Gen HC students with first-gen faculty and staff from across Rutgers
- A special family welcome reception and discussion to engage family members
- 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
Gen HC Leaders
Gen HC Leaders 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.