Center for SUCCESS

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

First-Generation Glossary

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

First-Generation Foundation

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

College Greenlight

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

First-Generation Civil Rights Fellowship

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.

Field Guide for First-Generation College Students

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

Center for First-Generation Student Success

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.

First-Generation College Student Guide

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 Student

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.

Effective Reading skills

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.