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First-generation students come from families where neither parent nor guardian has a four-year degree from a college or university. 

Helping you succeedSupporting and serving students who identify as first-generation

Attending college as a first-generation student is a new, exciting experience that can come with many questions. At OSU, we are committed to helping you feel supported as you navigate your college journey. The Division of Institutional Diversity equips students with numerous resources for academic excellence.

National First-Generation Day 2022

Celebrating the success of first-generation students
The OSU First-Gen Forward Committee, Division of Institutional Diversity, Office of First-Year Success and other campus partners are partnering to celebrate National First-Generation Day on Tuesday, November 8th. Join us for food and fun at the Student Union Plaza from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Student Union Theater from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. to hear stories from First-Gen students, staff and faculty.
To increase visibility for First-Gen students at OSU, we encourage the Cowboy family to wear tie dye on Nov. 8! Please join us Monday, Nov. 7 on the Classroom Building Lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show some pride and create your own shirt to wear! This event is FREE and available to the first 1,000 participants! 
First-Gen 2022 celebration flyer

First-Generation ProgramsCoordinated by the Division of Institutional Diversity


The Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) program assists a select group of talented first-year students transitioning from high school to OSU.

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We proudly host outreach and comprehensive support services programs to assist first-generation, low-income, or otherwise underrepresented students in higher education.

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