Students at Hampton College

College Tours

The Office of Equity and Excellence sponsors college visits during the fall and spring of each year. Students from each high school and middle school in Arlington County are given the opportunity to spend the day at the selected college or university. The visits always include tours of the campus and a discussion of admissions requirements by university personnel.

George Mason University Early Identification Program

The George Mason University Early Identification Program (EIP) was founded in 1987, in partnership with Northern Virginia high schools, to provide academic and cultural enrichment to minority students with uneven academic achievement. The program offers a variety of services to its participants. George Mason University has guaranteed admission for EIP graduates who graduate with a 3.0 or better GPA and are encouraged to apply for the four full tuition scholarships given by the university. Parent involvement in the program is required and necessary for student success. The Office of Equity and Excellence provides programmatic, academic, and financial assistance.

Those families who are interested in applying for EIP must be Arlington Public School seventh-grade students who would be the first in their family to attend college. Families can apply for admission into the EIP by contacting their school’s minority achievement coordinator, guidance counselor, or teachers. Once nominated, students and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting where program specifics are explained and applications are distributed. Should students decide to participate, they are responsible for completing and submitting the application by the specified deadline. Guidance counselors are available to assist with the process. The application process usually begins in March.

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Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)

The Minority Student Achievement Network is a national coalition of 24 multiracial, urban-suburban school districts across the United States. The Network’s mission is to discover, develop, and implement the means to ensure high academic achievement for students of color, specifically African American and Latino students. The MSAN website includes newsletters and other resources.