First-Generation Day

November 8th is recognized as National First-Generation Celebration Day. This day celebrates students who are, or will be, the first in their family to attend a college or university after high school. The goal of this event is to create a culture of support for first-generation students and share the stories of those who have taken the journey before them. 

What is a first-generation student?

If you're not sure, you're not alone!  A first-generation student refers to someone who is the first member of their immediate family to attend a four-year college or university to obtain their bachelor's degree. 

How do I know if I'm a first-generation student?

Did either of your parents graduate from a 4-year university?

  • If not, then you are a first-generation student

What if your parents attended college, but did not finish?

  • You're still considered a first-generation student

What if your grandparents, aunts/uncles or siblings have degrees?

  • You are still considered a first-generation student if your parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university

First-Gen Stories

Hear what others have to say about being a first-generation student.

First Generation College Student Laura Vosejpka


First Generation College student Travis Anderson


First Generation College Student Angela McLean


First-Generation Fact Sheets