First-generation college students are the students who identify as first in their family to graduate from college, meaning that neither parent or guardian has completed a college degree.
Through our programs and services we seek to support first-generation students to successfully transition into college life. We do this by being a welcoming space for student use, through engagement and outreach opportunities, and helping with academic, professional, and personal development.
Explore First Generation Initiatives
Each year we host several signature events for first gen students, their families, staff, faculty, and alumni. These eventshelp to foster a vibrant first gen community, validation of the first gen student experience, and opportunities for engagement and connection.
First Generation Fellows is a cohort-based program that provides individualized support to sophmore and transfer first-gen students. Students benefit from support programs, services, and extensive campus referral networks that help enrich their academic life.
The Financial Wellness Cohort promotes economic justice by increasing access to financial wellness for first gen students, as well as students from minoritized backgrounds. The program teachesbasic financial wellness skills and one-on-one financial coaching sessions.