First Generation Students

Students are the first in their families to attend college face special challenges. Below are resources to help faculty understand and work with the needs of first-generation college students.



Focus on First Generation Students at GVSU (Powerpoint Presentation)

Caroline Cascini, Senior Academic Advisor, CLAS Academic Advising Center

The First Generation Student: Barriers and Strategies for Success (Powerpoint Presentation)

Melissa Selby-Theut, Director, Educational Support Program



Who We Are: First-Generation College Students Speak Out (VIDEO)

Academic Culture Shock: First-Generation College Students Step Up to College Work (AUDIO SLIDESHOW)

Becoming a Scholar: Bright Academic Futures for First-Generation Students (AUDIO SLIDESHOW)



First in the Family: Advice about College from First-Generation Students

First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Look at Their College Transcripts

First-Generation Students: Undergraduates Whose Parents Never Enrolled in Postsecondary Education

Advising First-Generation Students (National Academic Advising Association)

Making Excellence Inclusive (American Association of Colleges & Universities)


The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success by Davis, 2010

The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First-Generation College Students by Housel & Harvey, 2010