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First-Generation College Students

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Karina Martin
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Alkek Library, 301F
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Welcome to First-Generation College Students Guide!

Attending college or university as a first-generation student is the first step, accomplishment, and journey towards pursuing higher education.  It takes courage and sacrifice to be the first in the family to attend college or university.  One step in a first generation college student's academic journey leads and transforms towards the path full of achievements, opportunities and possibilities.  

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What is a First-Generation College Student?

A first-generation college student is defined as an individual…

Who is first in a family to attend college or university.

Whose parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree.

Who is raised by a parent/primary guardian or caretaker who did not complete nor earn a four-year college or university degree.

Whose parent(s)/primary guardian(s) or caretaker(s) have some college experience, but did not complete nor earn a four-year college or university degree.