We are proud to have a large and vibrant first-generation community here at Southern. And that doesn't just include students -- there are a number of alumni, faculty and staff who also share pride in having pursued a college degree before their parents, and are looking to connect with individuals and families who share that experience.
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Here at Southern, we are proud to have a large and vibrant first generation community. And that doesn't involve just current students -- there are a variety of alumni, faculty and staff who also share pride in having pursued a college degree before their parents, and are looking to connect with individuals and families who share that experience.
Part of creating that community is opening up to one another and sharing our stories. Please consider reflecting on your experience, and contributing your personal or professional journey -- the challenges and advantages, the barriers and benefits, the lows and the highs. Help us show the collective meaning of what it means/has meant to be a first-generation college student.
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Am I a first-gen student?
At Southern Connecticut State University, undergraduate students are considered first-generation college students if neither parent has completed a four-year college or university degree.
At Southern, the definition of a first-gen grad student is the same as it is for undergrad students. You are considered first-gen if neither parent has completed a four-year undergraduate college or university degree.
If your parents took some college classes but did not complete any higher education degree, you are considered first-gen at Southern.
Yes, at Southern, being first-gen means that your parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree, regardless of other family member who may have completed a degree.