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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.

What I Have Learned as a First-Generation College Student is a TEDx Talk featuring the personal insights of a first-generation college student (3:49).

What It's Like to Be A First-Generation College Student is a YouTube video featuring three first-generation students discussing what the "first-gen" label means to them (2:01).

Michelle Obama's Inspiring Message to First-Generation Students is a YouTube video featuring words of encouragement and motivation to first-gen students from our former First Lady (and first-generation student) Michelle Obama (2:23).

We Persisted: Being a First-Generation College Student is a YouTube video featuring first-gen students sharing stories of persistence and self-acceptance (2:42).

First-Generation College Student Tips is a YouTube video featuring a first-gen senior sharing her top tips to help you through the experience of being a first-generation college student (10:31).

First in My Family: Supporting First-Generation College Students is a YouTube video featuring several first-generation college students speaking about their challenges, sources of support, and recommendations for policymakers (4:50).

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset is a short YouTube video explaining what is a Growth vs. Fixed mindset (2:19).

The Power of Belief -- Mindset and Success is a Tedx Talk featuring Eduardo Briceño discussing how mindset and belief are key to success (10:51).

Growth Mindset is a YouTube video discussing how mindset can hold you back or help you achieve greatness (2:09).

Developing a Growth Mindset is a Miniclip featuring tips on how students can switch on their growth mindset (4:51).

Online Guide for First-Generation College Students provides first-gen college students with the information and resources they need to get their college journeys started on the right foot.

College Infogeek is a website featuring useful posts and videos on exam preparation and study motivation.

Daily Writing Tip's Email Etiquette features tips on how to write professional and courteous emails.

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.

Scholarships

Below you will find websites that connect first-generation college students with different scholarships and grants.

Scholarships.com provides scholarship and grant information for first-generation college students.

CollegeScholarships.org 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.