First-Generation Students Face Multiple Barriers

Compared with students whose parents have completed college, those that are the first in their families face additional barriers and statistically worse outcomes. They are less familiar with the "hidden language" of college jargon, come from families with lower median incomes, work more hours while in school, and are less likely to use institutional resources like academic support, health services, and academic advising.

How can we make sure that more of our first-to-start students are first-to-finish?

The Stories and The Data

Bringing the data to life, our panelists include first-gen college students and their inspirational stories - highlighting the unique struggles and triumphs of our students. They'll help us provide context to what the data points to as critical steps for improving the experiences and outcomes of first-gen students.

What You'll Learn

  • How the experiences and outcomes of first-gen students differ from continuing-generation students
  • The importance of building a sense of belonging
  • How to improve utilization of resources
  • How schools can achieve a healthy and vibrant first-gen community that will impact student retention


Daenne Dolce, MBA
Community Outreach Manager
Roseman University

Christine D

Christine Deacons, PhD
VP of Student Success
Ready Education


Esther Archange, MS.Ed
Academic Trainer
North Central University

Student Success Series

This webinar is part of a monthly Student Success Series where we'll explore:


  • What if Students Don't Read Email?
  • Working in Silos is Hurting Student Engagement
  • Digital Transformation: Leveling Up with Digital Integrations and Mobile Strategies
  • For the Ones that Don't Raise their Hands: Engaging First-Generation and Underrepresented Students
    • Dec. 15th at 2 pm ET, 11 am PT

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