First Generation College Student
Congratulations, and welcome to college!
Perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness and hard work have helped you make it this far. As a first-generation college student, this is a particularly important achievement. First-generation college students are those students whose parent(s) have not attained a college degree. These students, who have little or no family collegiate history, may enter a college with limited knowledge about the jargon, traditions and patterns of expected behavior. These factors may prevent first-generation students from fully engaging in a college setting and may contribute to early departure from the campus before the completion of a degree.
No matter how intelligent and capable, first-generation students benefit from additional support as they adjust to a new environment. It can be helpful to learn more about what other first-generation students have experienced as well as what can be done to help maximize your performance and experience as you work towards attaining your degree.
Get advice about college from first-generation students by reading these resources:
- First in the Family: Your College Years: In this book, first generation college students share their stories and tips, and it can be previewed here.
- Who We Are: First-Generation College Students Speak Out: first generation college students talk about the challenges they faced in this short YouTube video.