Supporting First Generation College Students


Baylor celebrates students who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. For more information for how you can support first generation college students as an NSE instructor, please contact Michelle Cohenour


Tips for Faculty Working with First Generation College Students

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The Challenge of the First-Generation Student, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2015.

"The Role of Motivation, Parental Support, and Peer Support in the Academic Success of Ethnic Minority First-Generation College Students," Jessica Dennis, Jean S. Phinney, Lizette Ivy Chuateco, Journal of College Student Development, Volume 46, Number 3, May/June 2005, pp. 223-236.

"Supporting Parents in Supporting Their Students: Why Including First-Generation Families in the Process Is Important," Laura M. Smith, The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, 2012.

"Empowering Parents to Inspire First-Generation College-Goers," Pacific News, 2014.


The following books may also serve as helpful resources for first generation college students regarding the academic demands of college. These books offer helpful strategies for academic and personal success.


There are also a number of titles by first generation college students about their experiences in college. These books can be helpful and encouraging to your students.