Hispanic and First-Generation Student Retention Strategies

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Minority Students

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Research Questions

  • What are the barriers to Hispanic and first-generation student retention and graduation?
  • What strategies to increase retention and graduation rates specifically target Hispanic and first-generation college students?
  • What factors did administrators consider when selecting retention and graduation strategies to invest in?


This project examines strategies for increasing Hispanic and first-generation student retention and persistence at institutions with moderate to high percentages of Hispanic students. In particular, the brief examines methods to identify and target at-risk students early, connect students with existing resources, and promote student participation in on-campus.