As part of the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Academic Success and Advising unit, First-Generation & Limited Income Student Initiatives collaborates with diverse campus and community partners to provide support through co-curricular programming for first-generation students. The department was created to build community, strengthen well-being, develop leadership, cultivate academic success, and foster retention and graduation among Georgia Tech’s first-generation and limited income students. In addition, First-Generation & Limited Income Student Initiatives works to:
- Raise awareness of the needs and experiences of first-generation college students
- Connect first-generation college students with their peers, faculty, and staff with the goal of building community.
WHAT IS A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT?
A student is defined as first generation if neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at a four-year college or university in the U.S. More specifically, students are first-generation if both parents have less than a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) OR one parent has less than a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and the education level of the second parent is unknown or missing.