Welcome to Georgia State University’s Guide for First-Generation Students

Make this site your go-to destination for information that will take you from exploring schools to succeeding in your first year as a new college student. You can gather insight and find helpful tips and real-life stories from other first-generation students just like you. Take your time and return frequently. You can rely on this guide to provide you with information through your entire journey into higher education.

Did You Know?

When asked if they agreed with the statement, “Of all the things I could do at this point in my life, going to college is definitely the most satisfying,” first-generation students were more likely to agree than non-first-generation students. Source: Ruffalo Noel-Levitz:


First-Generation Student

(fərst jenəˈrāSH(ə)n st(y)o͞odnt)

1. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

2. You are a trailblazer who seeks higher levels of education than your parents and grandparents, and in doing so, you push the boundaries of education further than anyone else in your family