What We Do
Established in 1987, Early Identification Program (EIP) serves as the college preparatory program of George Mason University. With over 1,000 students who have graduated from the program, EIP provides access to educational resources for middle and high school students who will be the first in their families to attend a college or university. Currently, more than 600 enrolled students are actively pursuing higher education due to funding from our corporate alliances, individual donors, and our partnership with seven local public school systems in Northern Virginia. They include Fairfax County, Prince William County, Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City, with whom we collaborate to nominate, select, support, retain, and graduate students each year.
EIP empowers students to achieve their goal of attaining higher education, and succeeding therein. Our aim is to educate the whole student. We provide year-round academic enrichment, personal and social development, civic engagement, and leadership training opportunities. EIP ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and intellect to become lifelong learners, leaders, and responsible global citizens.
Improve students’ access to higher education and quality of life by providing academic enrichment, personal development, and community engagement programs that produce global citizens.
Produce civically engaged first-generation college bound students who value learning and are actively pursuing higher education.
By inspiring our students to actively seek higher education, we instill in each EIPer high ambition and a resolve to take ownership of their educational experience. Our trained EIP Mentors and EIP Staff are utterly engaged in the lives of students and their parents to enrich the family experience of gaining access to educational resources. We encourage our students to set career benchmarks early in their professional lives. We achieve all of the goals of our Mission through EIP’s holistic approach that maximizes student potential and academic achievement. Thus, we ensure each student is equipped with the knowledge and skill set to become productive and responsible global citizens.
All students have the right to gain access to a higher education. For 25 years, Early Identification Program (EIP) has helped steer students towards higher academic ground and encouraged first-generation college bound students to enroll into colleges and universities. Using a holistic approach to educating the whole student, EIP provides academic, career, leadership, and personal/social resources and promotes life-long learning, ownership of education, respect for self and others, leadership ethics, and social advocacy.
- Provide access to beneficial academic, career, and developmental resources. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that are relevant to their high school curriculum and will help them transition to post-secondary institutions.
- Engage families in the student’s academic experience and equip parents with insight and skills to help their students prepare for college.
- Collaborate with school divisions, parents/guardians, the private sector, and the community to maximize access to all possible additional resources for our students.
- Provide a safe environment for students to learn and grow through exposure to collegiate life at George Mason University.
EIP acts on students’ best interests, making ethics and transparency our priority. Our staff consists of college degree-holding professionals in various disciplines in the field of education. For more than two decades, EIP has cultivated a tradition of multicultural competency and best practices that drive our service. As an extension of George Mason, Where Innovation is Tradition, we have optimized new technology to render more valuable data to drive program initiatives, track programatic and student success, and increase student engagement. As a result of all this we Inspire Excellence Through Education and are committed to upholding the philosophy of Early Identification Program and mission of George Mason University.