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Additional Resources

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing holistic support to our first-generation students which include not only university resources but external resources.  Below are some additional resources that may provide valuable information for first-generation students and their families.


I’m First

  • About: I’m First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.”
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  • Check out the I’m First! Blog for the latest first-gen updates and tips!


  • About: GlobalMindED is an educational and research non-profit organization committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and job seekers.  By incorporating research and implementing action based on our results, we aim to improve access and equity in K-12 and higher education through improved graduation rates and sustainable careers. Our mission supports the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its focus on college and career readiness.
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How Parents Can Help

  • An article listing tips for parents of students who are the first in their family to attend college on how to help their children succeed in college.
  • Toews, M. and Yazedjian, A. (2010). How Parents Can Help First Generation College Students Succeed | [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 Nov. 2017].

An Hour Makes a Difference

  • An article written by a faculty member describing the ways that colleges can support first-generation college students and the resources available to help them succeed in college.
  • Jaschik, Scott (2014). “An Hour Makes a Difference.” Inside Higher Ed. Web. [Accessed 3 Nov. 2017].

The Unique Challenges of First-Generation College Students

  • An article written by a faculty member at another university, expanding on the unique challenges that college students who are the first in their family to pursue a college degree may face.
  • Banks-Santilli, L. (2015). The unique challenges of a first-generation college student. [online] Quartz. Available at: [Accessed 3 Nov. 2017].


(Adapted from Loyola University Chicago; Rochester University)