In collaboration with a number of campus partners, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leads First-Generation Student Support and Programming. You might be a First-Generation student if:
- your parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree
- you feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the educational system or college culture
- you've had minimal contact with people with college experience
- your parents or guardians attended college in a different country where the educational system differs from the educational system in the US
Essentially, The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion defines a First-Generation college student as a student whose family has limited experience navigating the academic, financial, and cultural barriers to higher education. At many colleges and universities, the definition may vary slightly, but most conclude that a First-Generation college student is the first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree.
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