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Thank you for your patience as the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education team manages the COVID-19 situation with our venue in Baltimore, MD. Since the April 24th early registration deadline is approaching, we have closed registration until we can offer an official update on the status of the conference. If we are not able to hold the placed-based event, paid registrants will receive a full refund. Information regarding hotel reservations made through the conference room block will also be shared in the event of cancellation. We will communicate an official announcement to all registrants, presenters, and exhibitors soon.

About the First-generation Student Success Conference

The 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference, from June 29 - July 1, will examine a breadth of topics critical to advancing the holistic outcomes of first-generation students. The conference program will consider the vast intersectionality of first-generation students, the systemic and institutional barriers to success, evidence-based practices and approaches to student support and services, the role of assessment and evaluation, opportunities to build celebratory campus environments, and strategies for building networked campus approaches to scaling support. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success while engaging with, scholars, and advocates in multiple presentation formats, research discussions, and networking events.

As a registered First-generation Student Success Conference attendee, you have access to attend offerings for any of the four conferences through one registration fee. With a diverse offering of dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities, the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success.

  • Understand the lived experiences and vast intersectionality of first-generation college students across academic years, institutional types, and sectors.

  • Discuss systemic and institutional barriers first-generation students face in higher education and identify asset-based strategies.

  • Identify and utilize strategies for supporting first-generation students and bridging gaps in cultural capital through asset-based programmatic approaches, services, and skill-building.

  • Discuss and implement approaches for creating an engaged campus community that identifies, supports, and celebrates first-generation college students.

  • Recognize and engage with scholarly literature and current research critical to understanding and advancing first-generation student outcomes.

  • Consider evaluation, assessment, and data strategies for understanding and improving institutional and programmatic first-generation initiatives.

2019 Proceedings

With over 1,400 attendees from across the nation (and 10 international locations), the 2019 Conferences on Student Success and Higher Education engaged its attendees through dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success.

Check out the Highlights from the Inaugural First-generation Student Success Conference.

Call for Programs

The 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of holistic success and improved outcomes specific to first-generation college students across all institutional types and sectors. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

The Call for Programs is Closed.

The Call for Reviewers is Closed. Soon, there will be on-site volunteer opportunities, stay tuned. 

Volunteer opportunities coming soon.



The 2020 FIrst-generation Student Success Conference is from June 29  - July 1, and the schedule is designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. To view last year's proceedings, check out the 2019 Program Book.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The planning committees for the 2020 NASPA Conference on Student Success in Higher Education are working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. 

First-gen Forward Workshop (full-day)
Sunday, June 28

The tentative plan is to begin at 10:00 AM (local time), please make appropriate travel arrangements.

The First-gen Forward Workshop is a unique professional development opportunity, and will serve as the official kickoff for the 2020-21 First Forward cohort. During this full-day workshop, participants will meet other First-gen Forward participants, learn more about the Center and First-gen Forward program, engage in professional development, hear from keynote speakers, complete goal setting, and gather with assigned small groups to plan monthly calls. There is no registration fee for this workshop, it does however require First-gen Forward institutions to enter a discount code. This is an optional opportunity for the 2019-20 First-gen Forward cohort.

First-gen Forward Institutions will receive a small travel stipend to offset costs.

Pre-Conference (Half-Day)
Monday, June 29 • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Half-day pre-conference sessions will be offered the morning before the official conference kick-off. Pre-conference sessions are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program and typically last three (3) hours. Pre-conference sessions require participants to pre-register for a fee. Please check back soon for more information.

Film Screening

Last year, conference attendees had the opportunity to view the Unlikely Film. This year, the conference will include two film screenings!
Soon, we will share the schedule.

Personal Statement

Personal Statements is a feature-length documentary that follows Karoline, Christine and Enoch through their senior year and into college. They work tirelessly as peer college counselors to realize better futures for themselves and their peers.

The Pushouts

A then-and-now story of unusual intimacy and depth, THE PUSHOUTS trades narratives of tragedy and victimization for true stories of grit and resilience, highlighting the vast potential of young people to thrive when given access to meaningful opportunities and connections to adults who care.


Seeking professional development funding? Review the NASPA Foundation Professional Development Scholarship!

The application deadline is April 2, 2020.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

This conference converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations across all four events.

Registration is currently closed.
Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 04/24/2020
Regular Registration
04/24/2020 to 05/29/2020
Late Registration
after to 05/29/2020
NASPA Member
$475 $525 $600
Non-NASPA Member
$675 $725 $800
NASPA Student Member
$175 $225 $300
Half-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Member and Non-Member
$75 $95 $100
Full-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Member and Non-Member
$125 $145 $150


Hilton Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Hilton

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Baltimore.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Baltimore starting at $189/night (not including 15.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, June 5, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.


Travel: Baltimore is serviced by Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The hotel is approximately 10 miles from the airport. Depending on travel options, you may consider looking into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA; 37.5 miles) or Dulles International Airport (IAD; 50 miles)


  • Shuttles: For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from BWI, please visit the Transportation section of the BWI website.

  • Taxis: The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website. Taxi fare from BWI to the Hilton Baltimore is approximately $25 one-way.

  • Rental Cars: For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website.

Weather: Temperatures in Baltimore in July are around 90 degrees F during the day and 75 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.