First Generation College Students

Will you be the first in your family to earn a bachelor's degree?

If your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree, then you are considered a first generation college student. On average, about 35% of NMU students are first generation college students. 

Congratulations on being a First Generation college student – this is a wonderful accomplishment. You have shown determination, persistence and resourcefulness to get to college; these traits will help you be successful at NMU as well. As a first generation student, we know that you will have unique experiences during your time at NMU. Some of these experiences will be challenging and/or intimidating. 

Watch a quick video welcome from the coordinator of NMU First Generation Services.

When a group of first generation college students at NMU was asked about the advice they'd give to first generation students, they had five tips:

  1. Ask lots of questions. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
  2. Never assume you’re alone or that you can’t get help.
  3. It’s okay to get frustrated. Don’t let your frustrations get in the way of being successful.
  4. Find people and resources that you connect with.
  5. Get comfortable with advocating for yourself and expressing your needs and concerns. 

You might be wondering what college will be like or who to ask for help. Please take some time to view the resources NMU has to offer students like you. We look forward to supporting you in your educational experience and connecting you with other first generation students as well as NMU faculty and staff who understand your unique needs.  

You can always stop in the Dean of Students Office if you have questions.  We are all here to help.