First Generation College Students

First Generation College Students

A student who identifies as first generation means that neither parent nor guardian has earned a four-year college degree.  First generation students represent a third of all college students nationwide and more than 50% of students enrolled at UVa-Wise.

First generation students are often the first in their families to attend college and need support navigating this new environment.  UVa-Wise supports first generation students on their journeys to a college a degree by providing a variety of resources to promote awareness, foster academic success, and celebrate achievement.