First-Generation Initiative

The First-Generation Initiative (FGI) was established in September 2019 to ensure academic success for first-generation college students or those who are the first in their family to attend a postsecondary institution.

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. Being a first-generation college student is a proud accomplishment.

SMU recognizes that you will face unique experiences as you begin (or continue) this exciting journey and we look forward to supporting you!


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First in her family, finding her place