First-Gen Spotlight on Campus
A First-Gen Journey
Congratulations on choosing to further your education! While you may be experiencing a mix of emotions, please know that you are making a fantastic choice to attend college and there are many people ready to assist in making your experience successful. Being a first-generation college student is something to be incredibly proud of and we hope you are already confident that completing your undergraduate degree is your next step.
First, let us tell you a bit about the Center and then we will provide some additional information and resources to assist you in your college journey.
The Center for First-generation Student Success serves as the premiere source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. This means that we help colleges and universities help you succeed as a first-generation college student. While we do not offer direct support to first-generation students in high school, college, or university, we want to help you navigate and locate more information. Check out the sections below to get started:
Find answers to some frequently asked questions to help you determine if you are a first-generation student. Click the plus sign to reveal the answers!
If your parents took a few college classes or even completed community college, you will quite often be considered first-generation. It is important to ask your college or university as there may be important opportunities available to you. Check in with a campus resource in admissions, academic advising, or student services to learn more!
While the definition can be complicated, being a first-generation student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. Some colleges and universities have different variations of this definition, to be sure ask your admissions counselor, academic advisor, or faculty member to learn more.
Yes, being a first-generation 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-generation. We suggest contacting your admissions counselor, academic advisor, first-generation student programs office, or a trusted person on your campus to learn more. There may be resources ready for you!
Are you currently a high school student considering attenting college? Consider the following tips:
Are you currently a college or university student? No matter whether you are new to college or a seasoned pro, everyone still has something new to learn and explore. Check out this helpful article to learn new terms and then read below for tips on how to learn more about your first-gen identity or navigate your community.
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 contact us by email- firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow us on twitter @FirstgenCenter! Use the #FirstgenForward hashtag to keep up with conversations that might be relevant to your experience.