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Proud to Be First Generation: Welcome!!

Materials for first generation students and those who support them.

Proud to be First

Who is First Generation?

Broadly defined, first-generation college students come from families where neither parent has completed a bachelor's degree. (NASPA)

Being first in the family to attend college may offer some unique challenges. This guide highlights resources for first-generation college students and those who seek to support this group of students.


Being the first or one of the first in a family to attend college is special and instills great pride within the student and family. We encourage students to remember that they have worked hard to get here and to make the most of this special time in their lives.  We want to remind first-generation college students that anything and everything is possible!

Please use this guide as a handy tool to valuable resources to help you be successful at the University of St. Thomas.

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