Ohio University

First Generation Students

The Allen Student Advising 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! As one of the first in your family to attend college we recognize that 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 and are a sizeable portion of our student body. We also have numerous faculty and staff who were first-generation college graduates.


What does "first-generation" mean?

There are many ways to define the term "first-generation." 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 person in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college.


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 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. Advisory institutions serve as a resource to other institutions as well.

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Jenny Klein
Assistant Dean for Persistence and Student Success
Alden Library 230

We Are First
Ohio University's First-Generation College Student Organization
@WeAreFirstOU (Twitter)