Carthage offers a strong support system for first-generation college students. Nearly a quarter of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college.
First-gen students often don’t have access to the same information and support as students whose parents have earned bachelor’s degrees, so Carthage provides resources to help them navigate college and connect with other students, faculty, and staff.
No one first-gen student has the same story. While they may all fall into the same definition of “first-generation” their experiences and the diversity of their identities make each of them unique.
Michael Motyka ’21
“Carthage did a great job with my transition into college. They had so many resources available to students throughout our first year, especially the first couple of weeks. Taking part in the First in the Family program, College Success Seminar, and attending different on-campus fairs and events really helped get important information out to first-year students.”
Daniela Avilez ’21
“My advice to prospective first gens is to not give up. Being the first in your family to attend college can be terrifying and intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect, but don’t let that fear get the best of you. You’ve gotten this far — you have the potential to go even further and do great. Make connections with other students, talk to your professors, and find someone you trust to talk to. Starting college and finishing college will be among your best achievements.”
Esteban machado ’22
“Carthage’s First in the Family program helped so much when it came to transitioning to college life. I was afraid of starting college because it was going to be a whole new chapter in my life, and no one in my household could give me advice. During FIF pre-orientation, Carthage staff talked to the first-gen students about the many resources Carthage offers for free. While talking to the Carthage staff, I realized that they are here because they want us to succeed, even after we graduate. FIF gave me a boost of confidence and encouragement to succeed at Carthage.”
Resources for first-generation students
First in the family pre-orientation program
The First in the Family pre-orientation program invites incoming first-generation students to spend two and a half days before New Student Orientation becoming familiar with campus and learning important information to help navigate the college experience. The FIF program helps first-gen students feel confident in their ability to be successful, through knowing how, when, and where to ask for help. Learn more about the First in the Family program.
First-Time Freshman college success seminar
The College Success Seminar curriculum for first-time freshmen consists of one class a week for seven weeks (see your schedule for details), with your first-year advisor as the instructor.
Learn more about the First-Time Freshman College Success Seminar
1g student organization
1G is a student-led organization dedicated to developing a sense of community among first-generation students while providing a space to connect with and support each other.
Learn more about 1G
“Have confidence that you deserve to be here and are capable of achieving your academic, social, and personal goals while you’re in college. Be proud of your first-gen identity!”
Student Success Advisor