National First-Generation College Celebration
On November 8, 2022 TRIO is happy to sponsor UND's participation in the National First-Generation College Celebration!
We are excited to celebrate the achievements and success of first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as faculty and staff who identify as First-Gen.
Learn More About First Gen Day
First-Gen Day Celebration
Small Ballroom in the Memorial Union.
1st G Photo Booth
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Take a picture to show your pride or support for our 1st G students. Be sure to tag @undtrio, @COEtalk and @FirstgenCenter and use the #CelebrateFirstGen, #UNDproud and #UNDTRIO!
Panel of First-Gen Students
12 - 1:15 p.m.
We will host a panel of First-Gen students from pre-college to graduate school who will speak on their experiences accessing, engaging, and completing college educations.
Light refreshments provided.
In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration! Given the continued success of this event, COE and the Center now partner to make this celebration an annual event. Nationwide, schools and communities are celebrating first-generation college students, graduates, faculty, and staff.
What is First-Generation?
The federal definition officially developed for TRIO program acceptance and to determine eligibility for Pell Grants indicates first-generation students come from families where their biological parents did not complete a four-year college degree.
Why First-Gen Matters
- Today, 1 in 3 undergraduates - nearly 5M students - identify as first-generation.
- Compared to legacy student peers, first-gen students:
- Have fewer financial resources ($41k median parental income vs. $90k).
- Pursue college-level education at lower rates (72% vs. 93%).
- Attain four-year degrees at lower rates (20% vs. 49%).
- Median career earnings of a non-college graduate are $1M less than a college graduate.
- First-gen student population will continue to grow rapidly in the coming years, as the pipeline of first-time undergraduates is heavily weighted with first-gen students.
- Institutions of higher education must shift their mindsets and priorities to better serve first-gen students in order to survive, thrive, and meet their missions.
- Addressing first-generation success has intergenerational impact, as successful college completion is a significant predictor of education, workforce and life success for the families of graduates.