First Generation

Navigating college and career readiness can be overwhelming when you are a first-generation college student.  This affinity group will provide advice, resources, and networking opportunities tailored to your needs to help you gain the most from your college experience and feel more confident and prepared after graduation. 

Who is first-gen?

Depending on who you’re asking, the definition of first-gen students can be a bit different.  Here at the Fleishman Center, we are keeping it simple.

  • Students whose parents/guardians did not complete a 4-year degree 

Three Tips for First-Generation Graduate Students Navigating Education During the Pandemic

There has been a lot of focus on how higher education institutions are dealing with the pandemic. Will classes be online in the Fall? How will the rigor of courses be maintained? Will there be budget cuts? How will the …

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Tips for First Generation College Students

First generation college students often face a more difficult transition when starting school than students whose parents, grandparents, and beyond have attended college. First-generation college students tend to deal with a unique set of barriers in addition to the common …

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Through the Eyes of a First-Generation Latino College Graduate

On the very first day of my college career, I sat in the wrong room for a class. With much embarrassment, I slowly got up off my desk and did not make eye contact with a single soul. Later that …

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What Is a First-Generation College Student?

Schools and counselors often define “first-generation” college students differently.
Many first-generation students are underprivileged and struggle to graduate.
The first major hurdle for prospective first-gen college students is the application process.

The definition of a first-generation college student remains debatable. …

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Featured Resources

Binghamton University’s Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development has partnered with Visions Federal Credit Union to help improve student …

Virtual program connects first-generation students with first-gen marketing professionals for advice and discussions.

This guide provides first-generation college students with the resources they need to have a successful start of their college journeys.

Success Coaches support undergraduate student learning through personalized coaching appointments, weekly supportive accountability groups, workshops, and access to virtual resources.

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Office Hours

Monday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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