First Generation College Student

The term “First Generation College Student” means different things to different people. Here in the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change, our description includes students whose parents or other caregivers did not complete a four-year degree. (Even if your siblings went to college!)

Being the first in your family to attend college is something to be proud of! There are a lot of other students, as well as many staff and faculty on campus who were also the first in their families to attend. We’re glad you’re here! 

Whether you are a new incoming student, returning for another year or transferring in from another campus or university, the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change is here to offer you a home away from home. We host a variety of opportunities to get familiar with campus, connect with friends and other university resources, and develop strategies to thrive here at Ohio State and beyond.

For additional information about programs and services, please contact Angie Wellman

Signature Events

First-Gen Welcome Fest

First-Gen Empowerment Series


How to Get Connected

First-Gen Connections Cohort


Campus Coalition: First Gen Forward

The Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change partners with students, other units within the Office of Student Life, First Year Experience (FYE), the Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) to celebrate and support the well-being and success of First-Generation college students at Ohio State. Check out the resources page to learn more about those initiatives.