Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP)


The Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) is a unique college mentoring/success program incoming students that match freshmen and transfer students with faculty, staff, and peer mentors to assist with their acclimation to college life. The program helps students make the transition from high school or from another college to Valdosta State University as smoothly as possible. Participants join small groups led by a trained peer mentors. The Peer Mentor serves as a coach and a friend, guiding participants by making them aware of campus resources and opportunities, encouraging academic success, and arranging social gatherings. MAP relationships enhance the VSU experience and deepens the commitment to scholarship and success.


MAP is open to all students and was established to enhance the academic welfare of minority students in the University System of Georgia. The goals of the program include:

  • The promotion of academic success and degree matriculation.
  • Development of human potential and positive citizenship.
  • The creation of an environment that fosters the success and retention of students.


At the beginning of each semester, a MAP networking event is held to promote friendship and fellowship among students. Students meet faculty, staff, and peer mentors, and are given an opportunity to engage multicultural student organization, discuss their concerns and make suggestions regarding services and activities they would like to see incorporated into MAP. As the semester continues, MAP participants and peer mentors meet once a month for continued check in and support. 


Participants will be eligible for various scholarship opportunites. Please visit our scholarship information page for additional information. 


With the assistance of various university departments, free seminars are available to MAP participants that enable students to master skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.


Guest speakers and other activities help students stay motivated and focused on their goals.