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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 2021

Celebrating the success of first-generation students
The Division of Institutional Diversity and the Office of First-Year Success are partnering to celebrate National First-Generation Day on Monday, November 8th. A virtual presentation will be broadcasted on Inside OSU led by Marisel Herrera, founder of the First-Gen Zone at Arizona State University, and a panel of five first-generation representatives from OSU's administration, faculty, staff and students. There will also be an essay contest presenting students with the chance to win one of three $1,890 scholarships in celebration of first-generation students.
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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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