What is a First-Generation Student?
Hofstra defines first-generation college students as students for whom neither parent has earned a four-year college degree in the United States. Research shows that nearly one in three college students are first-generation students in their families.
Being the first in your family to attend college can be intimidating, but rest assured that you belong here! There is a community of proud first-gen students, faculty, and administrators on campus that are here to support you and help you find your place in the Pride!
As a First-Gen Forward institution, Hofstra is dedicated to improving the experiences and advancing the outcomes of first-generation college students. Read More.
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Meet the First-Gen Committee and some first-generation faculty who are here to support you, read stories of their first-generation experiences, and connect with first-generation alumni.
First Generation Stories
- "Staying true to yourself" – Juan Ortiz
- "That’s the funny thing about being first gen– you’re always panicking about the smallest things" – Dary Felix
- “I still felt as if I was just scraping the surface” - Tristan Baharally – Alumni
- "I was just trying to keep my head above water" - Alumna Mia D’Angelo
- "Hardship Is Not Failure" - Andrea Rosso Efthymiou
- "My res hall was the nicest place I’d ever lived" - Russ Smith
- "I didn’t give myself enough credit" - Diane Herbert
- "What the (Heck) is a Bursar??" - Darlene Johnson
- "On Not Going It Alone" - Kris Lotier
- “I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know...” - Beth McGuire
- “Finding your First-Gen Career Zen” - Sabrina Iaria