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We hope this page shares some helpful information with regard to the first-generation college student journey to and through college. As always, we welcome your feedback and appreciate all that you do!

A teacher approached me and asked if I was interested in being the learning assistant for her class. That was the very first time I was involved in the Mason community in general. And from that point I started branching out more.” (Mario, Class of 2019)


National Center for First-Generation Student Success

In Fall 2017, NASPA and the Suder Foundation partnered and created the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success. Their website is a portal to current events, conferences, and trainings (for members and non-members), as well as contains a searchable database to find resources relating to research and policy.

Helpful Readings Useful in Supporting First-Generation Students

Recent publications on first-generation college students
  • Navigating Campus Together: First-generation faculty can steer first-generation college students toward success (Scholes Young 2016)

  • Teaching First-Generation College Students (Galina)

  • First-Generation Faculty Share Tips for Success (Rockwell, 2017)

  • Capitol Hill Celebrates First-Generation College Students (2017)

  • First-Generation College Students More Engaged Than Peers (Smith, 2018)

Directory of First-Generation GMU Faculty & Staff

Conferences, Trainings, and Events

  • On-Demand Training
    Becoming an Individual & Institutional Advocate for First-generation College Students (link)

  • On-Demand Training
    Putting First-gen First: Meet your Center for First-generation Student Success (link)

  • On-Demand Training
    Building the F-Gap: A Roadmap to Success for First-Generation Students (link)

  • On-demand Training
    Exploring The Ways Jargon Influences College Access & Success for First-generation College Students (link)

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Undergraduate students display their research posters at the Spring Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Students and faculty in the Bioscience lab at Krasnow Institute.

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