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Compass is a cohort-based, year-long peer mentorship program that connects incoming first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented/DACA (FGLI) students with trained 2nd, 3rd, 4th year student mentors. Through virtual one-on-one meetings, events, and workshops, students learn how to successfully navigate Northwestern while learning more about how the FGLI identity informs and strengthens their experiences at Northwestern. 

Compass' success is also backed by research being conducted right here at Northwestern. Check out this NU Now story featuring Compass and human development and social policy professor Mesmin Destin.

Interested in hearing previous mentors and mentees experience with Compass? Check out the video below.


Join Compass 

Class of 2025! Navigating Northwestern is always easier with support. We will begin recruitment for Cohort 7 in September. Check out the 2021 - 2022 commitments and how to apply below. 



Please visit this site in September for more information about the Compass Mentee application.