November 8th is recognized as National First-Generation Celebration Day. This day celebrates students who are, or will be, the first in their family to attend a college or university after high school. The goal of this event is to create a culture of support for first-generation students and share the stories of those who have taken the journey before them.
What is a first-generation student?
If you're not sure, you're not alone! A first-generation student refers to someone who is the first member of their immediate family to attend a four-year college or university to obtain their bachelor's degree.
How do I know if I'm a first-generation student?
Did either of your parents graduate from a 4-year university?
- If not, then you are a first-generation student
What if your parents attended college, but did not finish?
- You're still considered a first-generation student
What if your grandparents, aunts/uncles or siblings have degrees?
- You are still considered a first-generation student if your parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university
Hear what others have to say about being a first-generation student.
First Generation College Student Laura Vosejpka
First Generation College student Travis Anderson
First Generation College Student Angela McLean
First-Generation Fact Sheets