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