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First-Generation Students Resource Guide

What does it mean to be a first-generation student?

What does higher education mean when they say first generation? According to the NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success it is defined as the first student in a family to have attended and completed a bachelor’s degree. However, there are many differences between the definitions of first-generation.

 

At the University of Maryland, first-generation students are celebrated on November 8th for National First-Generation College Celebration Day. UMD staff have come together to acknowledge the importance of first-gen students by creating a First-Gen Terps website with glossary definitions to help first-gen students with terms they may not be as familiar with in higher education. On this day, we will be hosting celebratory programming at STAMP for first-gen students, staff, faculty, and supporters to engage with.

Campus Resources for First-Generation Students

The Department of Student Affairs alongside other offices offer resources for first- gen students through interest or identity offices in which students can seek support. Depending on the interests, experience, or identity we encourage first-gen students to connect with the following offices/centers:

 

Academic Achievement Programs

Fostering Terps Success

Leadership & Community Service Learning (LCSL)

Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA)

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)

Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) check out student organizations via TerpLink

Student Success Leadership Council 

Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life

The Math Success Program (MSP)

Undocumented Student Program - Office of Immigrant and Undocumented Student Life

Veteran Student Life