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Are you a first generation college student?

Generally the definition of a first generation (first gen) student is someone who grew up in a home where both parents did not attend a four year college, where one parent has an Associate Degree degree only, or where one or both parents attempted some college, but did/could not complete their degree.

You can also be first-gen if you are the first person from your family to go to college, or if your sibling is attending college and you are going too.  Getting your bachelors’ degree makes you a first-gen student, your generation is changing your family history!

Being a first-gen is really exciting!

Being a first generation student, this is really exciting! College can be an amazing experience, you can learn about your favorite subjects, meet fascinating people with the same interests as you. You can work alongside faculty members doing research. Education has the power of being life changing for society with the added option of joining organizations that relate to your hobbies or skills. College is an opportunity to develop as a person and as a leader!

Being a first generation student in college may be difficult at times. It requires hard work and dedication. Since you are the first in your family to attend college, it is important to find programs, resources, clubs and organizations that can help you navigate your college/university. The organizations noted below offer resources and information so you can continue to be a successful student and accomplish your goals.

First Generation Latina/o/X Students

First generation Latina/o/x students are the fastest growing demographics and they continue breaking barriers and overcoming struggles everyday. They are committed college students, resilient role models and leaders in their communities. Check out their stories: