National Resources

Explore the resources below and throughout the site to better understand the first-generation student experience, engage with research and data, identify support strategies, and explore why advancing first-generation student success is a desirable outcome.

The first-generation movement is not unique to the Hilltop.

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I'm a First-generation College Student

The Center for First-generation Student Success serves as the premiere source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. This means that we help colleges and universities help you succeed as a first-generation college student. While we do not offer direct support to first-generation students in high school, college, or university, we want to help you navigate and locate more information.

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I'm First!

I’m First!, an initiative of Strive for College, is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs and discover colleges that have special programs to support their first-gen students. We feature YouTube video testimonials from first-gen students and graduates from across the country. 

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Journal of First-generation Student Success

The Journal of First-generation Student Success seeks to publish practice articles that are grounded in research and literature and, reciprocally, research articles that speak to practice. The editors seek to review manuscripts and publish articles that are innovative, imaginative, and forward thinking regarding the experiences and outcomes of first-generation college students and the approaches institutions of higher education are employing to serve, matriculate, and complete this population. Through the deep intersectionality of the first-generation identity, the large presence of first-generation students at institutions, and the necessary engagement of both the academic and student services areas for success, this journal offers many opportunities for cross disciplinary collaboration.

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