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First-Generation College Student Resources

The Center for SUCCESS is experienced in supporting Saint Xavier University first-generation students and alumni with their academic, career and support needs. In addition to the resources below, please feel free to access our Academic and Career Resource Guide for more help or schedule an appointment with an Academic and Career Resource Advisor through Handshake.

General Resources

You will find a number of general resources to help you prepare for career and educational opportunities as first-generation college student.

A list of terms is available on the First-Generation Glossary page.

The First-Generation Foundation connects first-generation college students to organizations and resources dedicated to helping first-generation students succeed.

College Greenlight hosts scholarships for first-generation and low-income college students.

The First-Generation Civil Rights Fellowship advances first-generation college students committed to social justice. FirstGEN is a ten-week summer program for undergraduate first-generation students passionate about pursuing careers in social justice.

The Field Guide for First-Generation College Students helps students embrace their status as a first-generation student to navigate the college application process.

The Center for First-Generation Student Success provides resources for individuals to better understand the first-generation student experience, research and data, and support strategies.

The First-Generation College Student Guide provides resources for navigating college including the admission process, applying for financial aid, and scholarship information for first-generation college students.

What to Know as a First-Generation College Student is a helpful article by U.S. News and World Report on how to navigate college as a first-generation college student.

Dartmouth University provides a helpful resource on Notetaking which may help first-generation college students effectively record and learn information from classes and lectures.

The Skills You Need website provides a helpful resource on Effective Reading which may help first-generation college students get the most out of their academic readings.

Job Search

Below you will find several job search websites that first-generation college students might find useful in conducting a job search.

Indeed is a worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings.

LinkedIn is a website used for professional networking and job searching.

Glassdoor provides information and reviews about companies and allows individuals to explore salaries for positions based on location.

CareerBuilder is a website used for job opportunities and career advice.

SimplyHired is a job search website that allows individuals to search for employment opportunities across the United States.


Below you will find websites that connect first-generation college students with different scholarships and grants. provides scholarship and grant information for first-generation college students. provides First in Family Scholarships for first-generation college students.

Professional Organizations, Conferences and Networking

Schedule an appointment with an Academic and Career Resource Advisor to find out more about connecting with other first-generation college students and professionals through organizations, conferences and networking events.