Established in 1987, Early Identification Program (EIP) serves as the college preparatory program at George Mason University.

With over 2,000 graduates, 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 740 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.

Our Vision

To produce civically engaged first-generation college-bound students who value learning in their pursuit of higher education.

Our Mission

Improve students’ access to higher education and quality of life by providing academic enrichment, personal development, and community engagement programs that produce global citizens.

Our Methodology

By inspiring our students to actively seek higher education, we recognize the potential in each EIP student, share their personal ambitions, and instill a resolve to take ownership of their educations. Our trained mentors and staff are engaged in the lives of our students and their families to further expand 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, which maximizes student potential and academic achievement. We ensure each student is equipped with the knowledge and skills to become productive and responsible global citizens. 

Our Philosophy

All students have the right to gain access to a higher education. For over 25 years, Early Identification Program (EIP) has helped steer students towards higher academic ground and encouraged first-generation college-bound students to enroll in colleges and universities. Educating the whole student and recognizing the dynamic nature of a student's life, EIP provides academic, career, and leadership resources, teaches social and emotional skills, and promotes life-long learning.

Our Promise

  • To 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.
  • To engage families in the student’s academic experience and equip parents with insight and skills to help their students prepare for college.
  • To collaborate with school divisions, parents/guardians, the private sector, and the community to maximize access to all possible additional resources for our students.
  • To provide a safe environment for students to learn and grow through exposure to collegiate life at George Mason University.