What is a "First Generation" college student?

A first generation college student is identified as, an individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; or a student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree.

How to Participate

Jackson State University proudly supports the experiences of first-generation college students. We are joining colleges and universities throughout the nation to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration week, November 7-11.

Led by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success, this week is intended to celebrate the success and presence of first-generation college students, faculty, staff and alums across the country.


Show your first-gen pride or share support for classmates and colleagues on social media using the following hashtags:  #CelebrateFirstGenJSU #THEEFirstGen #THEEFirstGenGrad #THEEFirstGenProfessional #THEEFirstGenAlumni #FirstGenWins #JSUTRIOWorks

Engagement Opportunities

Various activities and events will take place throughout the campuses for our first-gen communities.

Virtual Backgrounds

JSU students, faculty, staff & alum who are the first in their families to attend college are invited to download & display First-Gen Celebration digital backgrounds in virtual meetings and classes to show their pride.

More Highlights


Read more about the experiences of first-generation students, faculty, staff and alumni.