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First-Generation Student Success Program

The Academic Achievement Center coordinates support programs and services for Ohio University’s first-generation college students. If you are a first-generation college student, we are excited to have you here! We recognize that as one of the first in your family to attend college, you will face unique experiences as you begin this exciting journey. We look forward to supporting first-generation Bobcats!

First-generation students make up approximately one-third of our first-year class each year. We also have numerous faculty and staff who were first-generation college graduates. You’re part of a strong, supportive, and successful community!

What does "first-generation" mean?

At Ohio University, we consider students with no parent or guardian who has completed a bachelor’s degree to be first-generation. Our first-generation students may be the very first people in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college. 

Ohio University’s First-Generation Student Success Program is coordinated by first-generation college graduates who understand the unique experiences and strengths of this population.  

What can this program do for me?

As a member of the First-Generation Student Success Program, you’ll have access to:  

  • Priority scheduling for academic coaching, peer tutoring, and Writing Commons essay tutoring for all your classes.  
    • Academic coaches help students develop strong study skills, improve their time management, become motivated and organized, overcome test anxiety, keep track of assignments, and more! 

    • Peer tutors help students understand the content of their classes and to understand lessons more effectively.  

    • Writing Commons tutors work with students to improve their writing skills and develop stronger essays.  

  • Drop-in hours with the coordinator of the First-Generation Student Success program to ask questions and receive help with issues like: 
    • Understanding your class schedule 

    • Communicating with your professors 

    • Finding the location of your classes  

    • Using Blackboard and Microsoft Teams 

    • Determining who your advisor is 

    • Signing up for academic coaching and tutoring 

    • Finding Supplemental Instruction sessions for your classes 

  • Weekly small-group peer mentoring, led by an academic coach, where you’ll meet with fellow first-generation students, share your unique experiences, inspire and support one another, and find an inclusive group of first-generation Bobcats.  

  • Weekly academic coaching study tables to help you stay on top of your classes. Academic coaches will help students with time management, motivation, test anxiety, and more. Study tables will feature a different topic each week.  

  • A biweekly newsletter to help you stay current with campus events, inform you about useful campus resources, and more.  

Supplemental Academic Advising

You were admitted to Ohio University because we know you can be successful here. Allen Advising helps students find the best path and make strategic decisions that guide them to graduation. If you’re unsure about what major to choose; if you’re thinking about changing majors; if you can’t decide which classes to take; or if you just need some academic guidance, Allen Advising can help. 

If you would like to talk with an advisor about your academic options at Ohio University, please contact Allen Advising at 740-566-8888 or advising@ohio.edu.  


Ohio University’s First-Generation Student Success program is committed to supporting the success, persistence, and engagement of Ohio University's first-generation college students by providing proactive outreach and supportive programming. 

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. 

Find Us

Find support for your success by connecting with us in the Academic Achievement Center
Alden Library 230


Ohio University has been selected as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution 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 that 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. Advisory institutions serve as a resource to other institutions as well.

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