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First-Generation Students Library Guide

Provides useful resources for First-Generation Students.

Welcome First Gens!


“As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams.”

Michelle Obama, First lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017

Congratulations on being the first in your family to attend college! Being the first to attend college offers some unique challenges, but Bentley Library is here to help you succeed. And this guide is a good first step.

Be a Successful First Gen

Center for First Generation Student Success

The Center is the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students.

Famous First Generation College Students

Inspirational words from famous first gens, like Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, actress, Viola Davis, and actor and producer, Samuel L. Jackson.

First In Our Families

Digital stories of first generation students.

5 Things All First-Generation College Students Should Know

“Being the first in your family to pursue higher education can be daunting. Here are some encouraging pieces of advice as you enter college.” (Cal State University article by Michelle Baik)

I’m First

Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs, and share your own story.

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