Congratulations. You Got Into College. Now What?
A blog about needing to provide academic, financial, social and emotional mentorship and support to first-generation college students.
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If you’re not sure, you’re certainly not alone. While roughly fifty percent of students identify as first-gen, many are unaware of their first-gen status until they reach college, which can make accessing resources difficult.
This page will help you to figure out your generational status and provide tips that will assist you as you apply to and attend college.
Am I first-gen student? It depends on who you ask. This section may help you to determine whether you're a first-gen student. Click the plus sign next to each question to reveal the answer!
While the definition can be complicated, being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. Some colleges and universities use a different definition, so be sure to ask your admissions counselor, academic advisor, or a faculty member to learn more.
If your parents took a few college classes or even completed community college, you will often be considered first-gen. Check in with a campus resource in admissions, academic advising, or student services to learn more!
Yes. Being a first-gen student means that your parent(s) did not complete a 4-year college or university degree, regardless of other family member’s level of education. Older siblings and family members who attended college may be a great resource as you navigate your college journey!
Many colleges and universities are beginning to consider students with parents who attended international universities as first-gen. We suggest contacting your admissions counselor, academic advisor, first-gen student programs office, or a trusted person on your campus to learn more.
The Center for First-generation Student Success helps colleges and universities to help you to succeed as a first-gen student. While we do not work with first-gen students directly, we want to help you navigate your institutions and locate more information that will allow you to succeed. Check out the sections below to get started.
Are you currently a high school student considering college? Check out this helpful page to learn new terms and then read below to learn more about the college admissions process.
Are you currently a college or university student? Check out this helpful page to learn new terms and then read below for tips about navigating your campus community.
A student's first-gen status often represents only one facet of a complex identity. The resources below may help as you navigate your campus as a student with multiple identities, but we encourage you to reach out to a trusted advisor for more information on support for "first-gen plus" students (e.g., your campus' multicultural center).
We would love to hear about your experience as a first-generation college student. If you would like to share your story with us, please fill out this form. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn @FirstgenCenter! Use #FirstgenForward to keep up with conversations that might be relevant to your experience.