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Center for First-Generation Student Success
Great First-Gen Resources!
Online Resources to Support First Gen Students
Video Stories about First-Gen Students
Some recent articles about supporting First-Gen Students
"Supporting the Mental Health Needs of First Generation College Students"
First-generation college students (FGCS) experience the same challenges as non-first-generation students (NFGCS), but they also face their own unique stressors such as a lack of academic preparation, absence of support from family and friends, and difficult cultural transitions. A combination of these factors may put them at higher risk for mental health problems, lower retention rates, and lower graduation rates.
Culture and community: Perspectives from first-year, first-generation-in-college Latino students
"This qualitative study explores the college choice process and first-year experiences of first-generation college Latino students. Case study analysis was used with one-on-one interviews, revealing five emerging themes: (1) Latino identity expression; (2) first in the family; (3) desire for sense of community; (4) embracing Latino identity in college; and (5) personal responsibility for education. Findings revealed how the importance of cultural identity and responsibilities regarding first-generation college attendance were important to participants' experiences."