About Us

To be a first-generation college student (or "first-gen") means that neither of your parents/guardians ever attained a four-year college degree.  Because this definition varies at times and can be relatively vague, KSU allows its students to identify themselves as first-gen. 

Regardless, there are many dedicated resources available to first-gen students at KSU, and this site is meant to showcase all of these - whether it's dedicated programming, involvement opportunities, housing options, or anything else.  There are plenty of opportunities and resources out there for our first-gen students to take advantage of!  The links below will direct you out to some of these, providing first a short description of what purpose each entity serves.

  • Coca-Cola Scholars 2018

    Coca-Cola Scholars

    The Coca-Cola First Generation and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars program (Coca-Cola Scholars Program) is a scholarship program designed to provide financial assistance and student support services to a select group of first-generation students. This program does have limitations, so be sure to read through the details on their site. 

  • Globe Marietta

    Cultural & Community Centers (CCC)

    Located within the Division of Student Affairs, CCC serves as home to a vibrant array of programs and services that focus on academic enrichment, campus and community engagement, and cultural and identity exploration for all KSU students. CCC is in the process of creating dedicated resources for first-gen students.

  • First-Gen Owls Mixer

    First-Gen Owls Student Organization (FGO)

    FGO is a registered student organization (RSO) at KSU, meaning that it is run by current students through Student Life. It aims to increase the success rates and sense of community for members across the board and ensure that all students they work with excel during their college careers.

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    Learning Communities (LC)

    An LC consists of 20-25 first-semester students who co-enroll in two or more courses that are linked together with a common theme (here, being first-gen). Courses are taught by faculty dedicated to working together to help KSU’s newest students achieve academic success and a sense of belonging at the university.

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    Living-Learning Communities (LLC)

    LLCs at KSU establish a greater connection and sense of engagement in the on-campus housing experience. The first-gen program is developed to provide a supportive environment for these students to engage with the campus community and their peers while they learn how to navigate the college experience.