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FastStart is a mentoring program that helps first-year students from African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Asian/Pacific American backgrounds, as well as those students who simply want to get their college careers off to a fast start.

First–year students are matched with a faculty/staff mentor and a Penn State alumni mentor. The goal is to help students flourish in their new environment by answering questions, directing students to resources, offering support and wisdom, and providing informal networks for career development.

2015 Fall Calendar of Events

2016 Spring Calendar of Events

FastStart Mentoring Guide

Getting Involved with FastStart is easy:

FastStart at other Penn State campuses:

FastStart Information

For questions or to get involved, contact Lindsey Zapletal at 814-863-6386 or e-mail

Support the FastStart Program

To support the FastStart program with a monetary gift, please contact Amber Krieg, Director of Development for the Penn State Alumni Association.

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