Welcome to GMU!

We are so glad that you chose to join the Patriot family, and we very much look forward to supporting your transition to college life. This page is dedicated to helpful resources meant to offer you a starting point as you begin your GMU journey. As always, if you don’t see what you are looking for, please send us a note at firstgen@gmu.edu.

“When I think of first generation college students [like me], I think of someone who’s motivated to do something that hasn’t been done in their family yet. To inspire someone else in their family or maybe inspire someone else who is also a first generation student.” (Cole, Class of 2018)


What is a First-Generation College Student?

The term first generation college student applies to those students whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) either:
+ Did not receive or complete any level of post-secondary education
+ Enrolled at or earned a two-year degree from a community college
+ Earned any level of post-secondary education outside the United States.

Glossary of Terms for First-Generation Students

Glossary of Terms for First-Gen Students (FirstintheFamily.org)
Glossary of College Terms (GA State

Adjusting to Academic Life

Student Support (Academic and Personal)

University Life Resources (Housing, Clubs, Career)

Graduate Student Resources

Paying for College

Directory of First-Generation Faculty & Staff

Getting To & Around Campus

Calendar & Important Deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

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