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MASAI stands for Mentoring Academic Success and Achievement Initiative. MASAI helps first-year and first-generation students have a successful transition into college.

As a member of MASAI, you’ll pair with a peer mentor who will help you navigate college, set goals and accomplish goals. You’ll have an optimal academic and social experience at Illinois State with a close-knit community and peer-to-peer connection.

What You Get

Be part of our community and thrive academically.

  • A peer mentor who understands what it’s like to transition to college
  • Community connection
  • Informational sessions
  • A fulfilling support system and environment


  • First-year or first-generation student
  • Member of a College Access program

Become a MASAI Mentor

Help create an optimal academic and social experience at Illinois State.

Join our team of mentors