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First Generation College Students

First Generation College Student Network

Are you a first-generation student? At the University of Washington, a first generation student is defined as a student whose parents did not obtain a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university and are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Often first generation students have little or no collegiate history within their family unit. This also includes being the first in your immediate family to obtain a US citizenship. If you identify as a first-generation student, join the First-Generation New Student Network!

The First-Generation New Student Network at UW Bothell is a community in which information, support, and resources are provided for the first-year and transfer students who self-identify as first generation. There are also networks for Veterans, GBLTQ, Disabilities, and Undocumented students.  If you also identify with these networks and like to join or want information on these networks, feel free to contact the Network Leads by visiting the menu of the left.


Resources A short clip of first generation students talking about the struggles they face going to an elite college - Online community for fist gen college students. Blogs, digital stories, and Q&A!

UWB First in our Families - Digital stories of first generation faculty and staff -  Financial aid and admissions fee waiver resource and scholarships - short clip of University of North Carolina’s first gen students’ story

First in the Family (PDF) - Manuscript of advice from first generation college students - Blog with Q&A for first generation students - Articles on tips, advice, definitions and “how to” on scholarships, credit cards, loans, banking, etc.

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