First-Generation Students

The George Washington University formally defines first-generation college students as those whose parents did not complete a four-year, baccalaureate degree. We also recognize that there are many definitions for what it means to be a first-gen college student.  

You are a first-gen student if:

  • You identify with the above definition.
  • You feel as though you have a similar life experience to those who identify with this definition.
  • You’re looking for a place to build community and support that will help you integrate into life here at GW.
  • You would like to be an ally and support those who are the first to complete a four-year degree.

We are excited to welcome you to GW and look forward to how the strength and experiences you bring will enrich our community!

14%

of GW undergraduate students are first-gen college students

“First Forward” institution

GW is recognized by NASPA for our commitment to improving the experiences of first-generation college students

Dean Petty talking with students at the F Street House

 

First-gen students taking a photobooth photo

 

GW First-Gen in the News

2019 National First-Gen Day

GW Hatchet (video): Students celebrate National First Gen Day with tabling session at MSSC Diversity Summit

Higher Education

Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA): Programs for First-Generation Students at GW

GW Hatchet: GW joins nationwide cohort focused on improving first-generation experience