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First Forward

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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.

Drexel University defines first-generation college students as those whose parents or guardians do not have a four-year college degree. 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.

Celebrating National First-Generation Day

National First-Generation Day on November 8 highlights the accomplishments of those who go to college first in their families. Here at Drexel, we are celebrating First-Generation Day with events spanning Monday, November 2 through Monday, November 9, 2020. You're invited to join us as we gather in community, have a little fun, and honor the achievements of our first-generation Dragons all week long. For more information on the week's festivities, visit our Programs & Events page. All are welcome to attend.

Contact Us

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