Four Tactics to Support the First-Generation Student

Collaborative campus strategies to foster student success

Four Tactics to Support the First-Generation Student


Though many students struggle with their transition to college, first-generation college students are often left to navigate the transition without advice from their families. These students often face additional adjustment barriers, from difficulty accessing important resources to difficulty connecting with support networks on campus.

The four tactics highlighted in this infographic outline proactive, campus-wide approaches—leveraging resources and personnel from across the campus community—to ease transitional barriers for first-generation college students. Implement these strategies on your campus to improve the experiences and outcomes for these students.

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