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First Forward

First Forward

Higher education can be intimidating, especially for students whose parents did not experience it for themselves: That is why First Forward exists. First Forward brings together members of the Drexel community who are working to ensure that first-generation college students are supported and recognized for the unique insights and experiences that they bring with them to campus.

First Forward provides resources for first-generation students and their families, and hosts events throughout the year. Make sure to check out our stories to see how first-generation students, alumni, faculty, and staff navigated the higher education experience.

What Does First-Generation Mean?

The general definition for first-generation is any student whose parents or guardians do not have a four-year college degree. If you have an older sibling in college, you are both first-generation. At Drexel, we recognize the variations to this definition, including, but not limited to, a parent(s) who earned a 4-year degree as an adult learner or who earned a 4-year degree in another country, making you and your siblings the first to earn a 4-year degree in the U.S.

Contact Us

To get involved with First Forward, contact firstgeneration@drexel.edu or like our Facebook page. You can also join our mailing list.