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!

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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 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.

Do I Qualify as a First-Generation Student?

Qualifying as a first-generation college student extends beyond the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) definitions, which typically identify first-generation students based on parental education levels. At Ohio University, we recognize that individuals who may not be defined by the FAFSA as first-gen still have unique experiences.

This term includes individuals from diverse family structures, such as those raised by single parents, foster parents, stepparents, guardians or extended family members. Many students whose parents have degrees from outside of the United States also identify as first-generation.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate in the First-Generation Student Success Program, please contact Sam Metzger at or

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.  
  • A weekly 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  


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. 

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Find support for your success by connecting with us at 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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