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FirstGen Center


What does it mean to be FirstGen?

If a parent did not earn a four-year degree, you are a first-generation college student. You are a trailblazer and change maker.

The FirstGen Center

The FirstGen Center is a supportive community of first-generation students, faculty, alumni, and local professionals here to support you in your transition to college. Our mission is to empower first-generation students to successfully navigate their college experience and persist to graduation through resiliency coaching, supportive services, and leadership opportunities.

The FirstGen Center:
  • Connects first generation students to resources and supports on campus that will increase their academic success and connection
  • Assists students during the transition from high school to college and college to career
  • Fosters meaningful peer and faculty/staff relationships
  • Provides leadership and mentorship opportunities to enhance students’ personal growth and professional development
  • Provides various groups to meet students’ social, emotional, and academic needs
  • Hosts dinners, social events, and networking opportunities
  • Provides free professional attire for interviews, jobs, and internships through the Career Closet

We provide:

  • A space to connect with other FirstGen students and Success Coaches
  • One-to-one and small group support on study skills, time management, goal setting, and budgeting
  • Workshops on navigating stressors on and off campus
  • Books for many courses through the growing Lending Library
  • Free professional attire for interviews, jobs, and internships through the Career Closets
  • Personal growth and professional development
  • Support on acclimating to campus life
  • Leadership training
  • Mentoring and community service opportunities
  • Support from other FirstGen students


  • FirstGen students have the opportunity to become a part of our Mentorship Program which allows them to mentor first-year students
  • Professional networking
  • Internship opportunities
  • Social events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Specialized First Year Falcon Seminar




Kristin Butterfield


Where Can You Find Us?

First Gen Club meeting room is located on 2nd floor of Administration Building – Room 207

“Alone we are strong. Together we are stronger.”