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First-Generation Students

Welcome First-Gen Coyotes!

The I’m First Alliance welcomes all incoming (freshmen and transfer) first-generation college students to participate in a series of transitional workshops, designed to help you adjust to this new environment. We define a first-generation college student as a student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not received a four-year degree from within the United States.


Not sure if you are considered a first-generation student?

  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a trade school.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a community college and took classes.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a community college and have an Associate’s degree.
  • My sibling/s has graduated from a four-year university.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) received a four-year degree in another country.

Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Then you are still considered a first-generation college student!

The California State University Office of the Chancellor also highlights 5 Things All First-Generation College Students Should Know.