There are SMU-specific and national resources available to support you and other first-generation college students.

Discover, contribute to, and engage these resources for yourself.

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Come Chat With Us

Meet with the Director of the First-Gen Initiative for academic counseling, scholarship exploration, campus resource awareness, friendly chats, conflict coaching, processing difficult situations, becoming fearless, or anything else.


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Career Closet

Obtain business casual and professional clothing for free.


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College Terminology Glossary

We've created a massive college term glossary to help you navigate the college landscape. You'll find common higher education terms as well as those unique to SMU.


Financial Literacy Specialist

Financial Literacy Specialist

Set up a one-to-one consultation with our Financial Literacy Specialist. They can provide you with information to help you make informed financial decisions. Feel free to visit the financial literacy site for resources too!


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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.


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Spaces & Places

Finding your place on campus is also about physical space. First-generation college students are invited to visit two spaces on the Hilltop to study, socialize, and use free services.


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There are a number of college scholarships available for first-generation college students. Review and apply.


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Supportive Faculty Staff

Review the list of SMU faculty and staff at SMU who have committed themselves to supporting first-generation students. 


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The Shop

Fueling your body is vital to your success and we want to help! Food is available for students in need.