First generation college students are students whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree; these students are the first in the family to go to college. As nearly 25% of our student body identifies as first generation, Wesleyan is committed to providing dedicated services for this population through the Student Success Center.
First Generation Programs
The Student Success Center offers services for all first generation college students. Throughout the academic year, the SSC offers programming to aid the transition to college and foster leadership potential and growth for first generation college students.
1G Link Peer Mentoring Program
1G Link is a peer mentoring program that pairs sophomore, junior, and senior first generation students with incoming first generation students. Each mentor is assigned 1-3 students that he/she will meet with to ease the transition to college.
You can apply to be a mentee here.
1G Learning Community
The 1G Learning Community provides an opportunity for incoming first generation students to live together in a small community where they will receive special programming and support. For the 2016-2017 year, our 1GLC will be in Jenkins Hall. All students in the learning community will also participate in the 1G Link Peer Mentoring Program. Check here to apply for a learning community experience.
Parents/Families of First Generation Students
It is important for students to receive support encouragement from their families. The resources below provide tips to help students transition.
First Generation Resources
What I Wish I Knew
What Should I Bring to Campus?
1G Website Links