Ohio University


OHIO First Scholars

OHIO First Scholars provides a network of support and opportunities for Ohio University's first-generation college students. It is housed within the Allen Student Advising Center and coordinated by first-generation college graduates who understand the unique experiences and strengths of first-generation students.

If you are a first-generation college student, be sure to take advantage of OHIO First Scholars! We are here to support, guide, encourage, and cheer you on as you learn to navigate the college environment and earn your degree!


Being first-generation at OHIO


Ohio University has been selected to the inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.


What Does "First-Generation" Mean?

There are many ways to define the term "first-generation." At Ohio University we define first-generation students as those with no parent/guardian who has completed a bachelor's degree. First-generation students may be the very first person in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college.

First-generation students make up approximately one-third of our first-year class each year and are a sizeable portion of our student body! We also have numerous faculty and staff who were first-generation college graduates!