First Generation Students: Programs, Resources & Support

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum (view map)
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance on or before June 8th to Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Who are today’s First Generation Students and how can colleges better understand the challenges these students face on campus?

  • Roughly 30% of entering first-year’s in the USA are first-generation college students.
  • 24% – 4.5 million – are both first-gens and low income.
  • Nationally, 89% of low-income first-gens leave college within six years without a degree.
  • More than a quarter leave after their first year — four times the dropout rate of higher-income second-generation students.” Source: USA Today 3/29/10 

More and more students, whose parents didn’t attain a college degree, are going to college and the college community has an opportunity to help each first generation student realize their fullest potential and walk across that graduation stage. However, it takes special attention.

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