Services and Support for First Generation Students and their Families

Topics: First Generation Students, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What types of services and support are offered to first generation students and their families during new student orientation?
  • What targeted programs and services do institutions offer to first generation students during the first semester?
  • Do demographic differences affect the services and programs offered to first generation students?


This brief outlines strategies for supporting first generation students, including helping students develop social and professional connections, directing students to academic support services, and addressing financial challenges associated with attending college. In addition to developing targeted programming, this report outlines how institutions leverage existing services to effectively serve first generations students and their families.

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