First-Generation Students

First-Generation Students Blazing New Trails

First-generation students are pioneers in education within their families and on campus. Thirty-eight percent of IU South Bend’s degree-seeking undergraduates are first-generation students or students whose parents have not earned a four-year college degree. What’s remarkable about these students is they are navigating college without the benefit of their parents’ experience, which is a testimony to their grit and determination; yet, it can also present unique challenges for them. “In our region, where only about 20 percent of the population are college graduates, many of our students are first-generation, so it’s important for us to focus on success strategies to help these students thrive in college and earn their degrees,” said Cynthia Murphy, a retention counselor at IU South Bend.