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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 whom neither parent/guardian have completed an associate’s degree or higher. First-generation students make up approximately 25% 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! 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.


What is OHIO First Scholars?

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


OHIO First Scholars Mission:

OHIO First Scholars is committed to supporting the success, persistence, and engagement of Ohio University’s first-generation college students by providing proactive outreach and support programs. These programs address the challenges first-generation students may face as they acclimate to the university while also celebrating the unique strengths they bring to our campus. OHIO First Scholars also serves as a resource on issues related to the success, persistence, and contributions of first-generation college students on our campus.


OHIO First Scholars Program Objectives:

  • Create a visible and welcoming community of first-generation students, faculty, and staff at Ohio University.
  • Improve the academic success of first-year, first-generation students. Increase the persistence of first-generation students from their first to second year.
  • Increase the academic and social integration of first-generation students.


OHIO First Scholars Student Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participation in the OHIO First Scholars program, first-year, first-generation college students at Ohio University will:

  • Know they are first-generation college students.
  • Recognize that there is a community of first-generation students, faculty, staff, and support resources at Ohio University.
  • Identify and utilize campus resources to support their academic success.
  • Identify and utilize campus resources to support their social integration.
  • Believe in their ability to succeed and belong at Ohio University.


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