First Generation Programs and Services

There are many resources for students at Northern Michigan University. In addition to resources that are available to all students, there are a few programs at NMU
that are geared towardsHedgcock 2001 helping first generation students. 

NMU Dean of Students Office

If you are not sure where to go or what question to ask, stop in the Dean of Students Office located in Hedgcock. Let us know that you have questions as a First Generation student and we can meet with you right away or set up an appointment to talk. We're here to help connect you with the campus resources and point you in the right direction. 

First Gen 10

Apply to the First Gen 10 program to be a part of a select group of first generation students.  Throughout the school year you will meet as a group and individually to keep you on track through your first year at NMU.  Click here for the application.  Applications are due September 1, 2018.

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  • Finals Prep and Stuff Swap

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Spring Break 2019 - Adventure to the beach!

Scheduled First Generation Student Events 

First Day of Classes - Fall Semester
University Center Lawn
Fall Fest Stop by to meet first generation program coordinator Haley Rhoades, as well as other first generation students, faculty and staff. 
Fridays During the Fall and Winter Semesters Shopping Trip Shopping Shuttle - Catch a ride to Meijer, Walmart, or Target!
Spring Break Adventure Join us for a day trip to the beach! Watch for an email!

Sunday before Winter Semester Finals
Residence Hall Lobby

Stuff Swap! Instead of donating or sending your unwanted items to the dumpster, drop of your clean clothes, electronics, and school supplies in the lobby from 1:00-4:00p.m.  While there, experience the swap and take what you need.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is one of the TRIO programs funded through the U.S Department of Education. The program goals are to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation and low income students and students with disabilities seeking a baccalaureate degree.

If you are a first generation college student where neither parent has earned a baccalaureate degree, you may qualify for acceptance into the SSS program. Each participant accepted into the program works with an advisor to develop an individualized plan of support. This plan includes goals a student would like to achieve during the academic year and what the SSS program can do to assist them in achieving their desired goals. Services that participants often use include:

  • Academic and personal advising
  • Exploration of academic majors and related careers
  • Tutoring support in 100-400 level coursework
  • Assistance with securing financial aid including SSS grants for eligible students
  • Exploration of graduate school
  • Free printing services
  • Referral and advocacy within the NMU and Marquette communities

We firmly believe First Generation students have the ability to excel at NMU. Students accepted into the SSS program develop excellent academic credentials. In the past five years:

  • Annually 40% of participants maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Each semester 25% have earned Dean’s List Honors
  • Five SSS participants have been named top graduating seniors in their academic departments

The SSS program serves as a supportive ‘home base’ for many First Generation students who continue their involvement with the SSS program until completion of their baccalaureate degree.

McNair Scholars Program

The mission of the McNair Program at NMU is to increase post-baccalaureate success among underrepresented students. We are dedicated to supporting students in their pursuit of critical inquiry through research experiences and to fostering productive relationships between students and faculty researchers. The McNair Scholars program also seeks to encourage students to embrace diversity and cultivate lifelong learning goals through cultural activities and individual academic support.

The McNair program works with students who are sophomores, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Other eligibility requirements include first-generation and low-income status. If neither of your parents have earned a bachelor’s degree and you come from a low-income family, you may be eligible for the McNair Program. You may also be eligible if you are a member of an underrepresented minority group.

The McNair Program affords its participants many benefits, including:

  • Faculty guided research internship with stipend and housing allowance.
  • Funding for travel to regional and national conferences.
  • Funding for travel to visit graduate school programs.
  • Group seminars covering a range of topics related to research and graduate school preparation.
  • One-on-one academic advising to guide you through the process of exploring and applying to graduate school.
  • Referral and advocacy within the NMU community.

Graduates of the McNair Program have gone on to great things, including enrollment at prestigious universities, including:

  • University of Michigan  - Ann Arbor (Medical School, Biopsychology, Cell Biology, etc.)
  • California State University – North Ridge (STEM Cell research)
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Michigan State University – (Veterinary school, Medical School, etc.)
  • Columbia University

Applications for this prestigious program open in the fall of each year. The McNair Program works with only 28 students per year, so participants get lots of individual attention. For more information send an email to or stop by our offices in 2807 West Science.

Personal Librarian Service

Do you have any of these questions?
How do I find a book, website, or article on my topic?
How do I get a copy of something that our library doesn’t have?
What can I use other than Google to find information on my topic?
Can the library provide me with stuff to read for fun? Or movies?
How do I use the library’s databases? What if I’m not on campus?
What kinds of equipment are available at the library to check out?
What kinds of computing services are available in the library?
How do I print in the library?
How do I reserve a study room in the library?
I need help with citations in my papers.

Bruce SarjeantDon't sweat them!  Come find me, Bruce Sarjeant, for assistance. I'm located in the Olson Library, Harden 224, back near the Map Collection.  All librarians here are available to help you, of course, but you've seen my name in dispatches from the First Generation Programs office and met me in class.  Keep on top of your research: drop me a line, set up an appointment, and let's go over your assignment.