As we move into the final year of the Laker Effect Campaign, we’re focusing on first-generation students who often need extra support from the Grand Valley family. Experiences like study abroad and unpaid internships benefit all students, however, it is especially impactful for our first-generation college students. Join nearly 300 Lakers who have supported first generation students so far!

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Why We Care So Deeply

  • First-generation students, who are the first in their family to go to college, make up 40 percent of Grand Valley’s undergraduates.  
  • Incoming freshman who are the first in their family to go to college have a lower retention rate than other first-year students.
  • It's critical that we help integrate first-generation college students into the campus community so they stay and succeed at Grand Valley.
  • First-generation students are less likely to participate in learning opportunities like internships and study abroad.

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