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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.

Students are also placed into a group with a member of the FastStart Leadership Board and other FastStart participants as a way to get to know one another and have access to an upperclassman student as a resource. 

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Getting Involved with FastStart is easy:

FastStart at other Penn State campuses:

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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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We are more than happy to answer your questions about the Alumni Association and how to get involved as a student. You can reach us by phone at 814-865-4519 or come by our offices in 108 Hintz Family Alumni Center—where the duck pond is on campus—and let’s chat!

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Ashley Martin
Associate Director
Student Involvement

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Chelsey Scott
Assistant Director
Student Involvement