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First Generation Network


Students who are the first generation in their family lack the information possessed by students who have the benefit of parents who have attended and completed college. It is imperative that all students, not just first generation students, receive support in gaining the information they need to be successful at UMBC. Research shows that the barriers to success for first generation students are not just academic. The social barriers can be just as impactful.

The Office of Academic Opportunity Programs assists the UMBC community in supporting students who are the first in their family to attend college. While supporting the McNair Scholars Program and LSAMP, we are also creating a campaign of support, soliciting the stories of faculty and staff at UMBC who were the first in their families to complete college. We invite the UMBC community to join us as we create a media campaign in which UMBC faculty, staff and alumni offer words of encouragement and advice to current UMBC students.

For more information on first generation student characteristics and needs:

Engle, J., & Tinto, V. (2008). Moving Beyond Access: College Success for Low-Income, First-Generation Students. Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

Tym, C., McMillion, R., Barone, S., & Webster, J. (2004). First-Generation College Students: A Literature Review. TG (Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation).

Engle, J., Bermeo, A., & O’Brien, C. (2006). Straight from the Source: What Works for First-Generation College Students. Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

Strayhorn, T. L. (2006). Factors influencing the academic achievement of first-generation college students. NASPA Journal43(4), 82-111.