First Generation Students

At Oglethorpe University, about 40% of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Being the first in your family to attend college can be overwhelming and intimidating. You can do this! We want to help make Oglethorpe your home.

Many members of our community understand the difficulties you may face during your collegiate experience and will be here to welcome you and help you find your way. Remember, you are not alone!

Whether you are just beginning your college search or are a current first generation student, we are committed to providing you with the support services you need to help you achieve both your academic and personal goals.

Explore this website and learn more about the resources that are available to you as a first generation student at Oglethorpe University.

What does it mean to be first generation?

First generation is typically defined as a student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not attended college; regardless of definition, if you feel that you are the first in your family charting new territory, our community welcomes you and is excited to help you on your adventure.

If I have a sibling/siblings that went to college or are currently in college, am I not first generation?

The marker is generally at the parent/guardian level. Sibling/Siblings who either are or have experienced college can definitely provide insights to help you navigate your journey. You might still feel overwhelmed and confused but don’t worry- we are here to help!

Should I identify myself as first generation?

You certainly can but you don’t have to. We know that there will be a variety of changes as you adjust to your new surroundings, we don’t want you to feel any additional pressure. Whether you choose to tell anyone or not- you can still use all the resources we have available.