First Generation

Are you the first person in your family to pursue a four-year college degree? By definition, a first-generation college student is a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college education and/or obtain a bachelor’s degree. However, we understand that identifying as first-generation is more complex than that. Some of the members of your immediate family or extended family may have pursued education in various forms; including certifications, trade schools, and associates degrees. Perhaps your parents received a degree from another country. No matter your circumstance, if you identify as a student who needs additional support in navigating your time in college, this is the best place for you.

Explaining the demands of college life to those within your household may be challenging. Meeting the expectations set by those proudest of you may also feel overwhelming. We are here to help.

The Center for Advising and Career Development knows that a college education can enhance career achievement, but only with the right resources and support. Hiring managers are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds that willingly faced adversity and succeeded. Let us help you share your story.

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I’m First! is a community supporting first-gen students.  I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to …

In this article, author Rebecca Koenig lays out a roadmap of advice for first-generation college students transitioning to the professional …

DiversityInc. features company profiles for the 2020 top 50 companies for diversity, as well as resources, jobs and advice for …

Professional Diversity Network is America’s #1 diversity recruitment platform, featuring companies, career events and jobs targeted to people of color.

There are three keys to success for INROADS students: Selection, Education & Training, and Performance. For over four decades, INROADS …