First-generation students

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VCU is a place where first-gens fly.

How do you know if you’re a first-generation student? Any student who had neither parents nor guardians complete a four-year degree is a “first-gen.” Even if you have siblings who are in college or who got a degree, you’re part of the same generation, so you’re all first-generation.

  • Nearly 1/3

    Of VCU’s undergraduate students will be the first in their families to graduate from a university

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  • We're here to help with school

    For academic help, your academic advisor is here for you. So are your instructors, tutors and support services like the Writing Center.

    Explore academic support
  • Find support adjusting to college life

    With You First at VCU resources for first-gen students, you can get help with everything from wellness to student activities to transportation.

    Check out You First
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  • Get set up for success

    VCU’s TRIO program can connect you with everything from help with your FAFSA application to career workshops to financial counseling.

    Discover TRIO
I have only had amazing experiences with my advisor. Not only is she committed to helping me as a student, but takes the time to get to know me personally and establish a connection.
Ellie Silcott, first-generation, pre-nursing student