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First Generation College Student Resources

This page lists some resources for students who are "first generation" and how to successfully make that transition to college life, which is often different than for students whose parents have already navigated the college experience.

Who is First Generation?

Students are considered “First Generation” if their parents/legal guardians have not completed a four-year college degree.

Some experiences we may have in common are:

(Adapted from M.I.T.)



Within Loyola:

SOAR Retreat (Seizing Opportunity for Academic Resilience)  30 first year freshmen and first year transfer students who identify as a student of color and/or first generation are invited to attend a three night experience immediately prior to the start of the academic year. Through learning about the transition to college, gaining tools, sharing stories about personal and academic success, this experience will provide the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with peers, current students, and staff. 
STARS (Students Together Are Reaching Success) Program STARS is a peer mentorship and college success program that connects first-year students with successful upperclassmen for one-on-one and group mentoring. Students also have the opportunity to attend social & cultural events, participate in workshops on academic success, and be part of experiences to enhance their leadership skills. Students who identify with either of the following backgrounds are especially encouraged to join STARS: First-generation college students, Students of color.


Beyond Loyola:

College Crew A blog written by eleven students raised in Minnesota, who are all the first in their family to attend college.  They are enrolled at a variety of colleges across the U.S., and reading about their experiences can help our students with their own adjustment to college.
First Generation Student: What it takes to get to and through college A website dedicated to learning from other first-generation college students with information on everything from how to pay for college to how to succeed in college – all focusing on the unique experience (and sometimes obstacles and fears) of being the first in your family to go to college.
I’m First An online community celebrating first-generationcollege students and supporting those who will be, since as they say, “there’s something special about being first.”
How Parents Can Help An article listing tips for parents of students who are the first in their family to attend college on how to help their children succeed in college.


Achieving College Excellence
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