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First-Generation Student Success

Did you know?

  • A First-Generation student is defined as a student whose parents/guardians have not achieved a four-year degree, even if other members of the family have graduated from a four-year university.
  • Over 55% of incoming students at WCU have identified as first-generation for the last two years.
  • WCU has a First-Generation Advisory Board that works to provide a positive campus climate and resources for First-Gen students.

Use the resources below to learn how to make the most of your college experience and find strategies to aid in your success.

Do not be afraid to ask for help and do it early!

Know you are not alone - connect with others!

Pursue your passions and strengths!

Additional resources

The FirstGEN Advocate program is designed to support new and continuing first-generation college students (FGCS) during their journey at WCU. Advocates are volunteer faculty and staff members who are trained to be cognizant and sensitive to the needs of FGCS.

By engaging with an Advocate, students can expect to be:

  • Greeted with empathy and understanding
  • Treated with dignity and respect
  • Supported and encouraged to follow their goals and dreams
  • Guided to explore options and opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Challenged to overcome obstacles and achieve excellence
  • Referred to appropriate campus resources and services

Advocates are identified by displaying the FirstGEN symbol on their office door and wearing a FirstGEN pin or t-shirt at campus events. Find a FirstGEN Advocate.

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