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First-Generation Students

Are you the first in your immediate family to attend college?

First-Generation Students defined by Lindenwood University are students whose parents did not attend college. Students at Lindenwood University who are the first to attend college within their immediate family are considered first-gen. It is important to note that even if a sibling, aunt, or stepparent attended college, the definition of first-gen comes directly from the college attendance of the student’s biological parents, if known. Lindenwood understands there are unique family situations so students are able to self-identify as they deem appropriate in comparing the definition to their own personal situation.  All first-generation students are invited to be a member of the First-Generation Collegians.

First-Generation Collegians

First-Generation CollegiansFirst Generation Collegians (FGC) are supported by the Office of Student and Academic Support Services (SASS). First-Generation Collegians are first-generation students, faculty, and staff whose parents did not attend college before they attended. SASS, first-generation faculty and staff engage first-generation college students and provide academic, social, and mentorship support throughout their experience at Lindenwood. All students who identify as a first-generation student are welcome to be a member of the First-Generation Collegians. FGC meets on a regular basis throughout the school year and first-gen students can also request a first-gen mentor.

First-Generation Bridge

First-Generation Bridge participants will be allowed early check-in, be able to explore the campus environment before your freshmen peers, and will be the most resourced students on campus as an automatic member of the First-Generation Collegians.   The program focuses strongly on engagement through career exploration, peer interaction, and support from faculty and staff and is exclusive to first-gen students.  Students participating in the First-Generation Bridge will be enrolled in a 1 semester hour career explorations course at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE that will include interactive activities, on-campus and off-campus. This course will be offered the week prior to New Student Orientation (NSO).  Final course credit will appear at the end of the fall 2019 semester.  Program participation is limited to 22 students. Make sure you apply quickly to reserve a spot!

  • Dorm Room to Board Room – Career Explorations – Course is designed to link the academic journey with practical career exploration and give opportunity to gain better understanding of degree programs and the career opportunities that stem from the academic curriculum. Students will receive exposure to a variety of experiential and service learning opportunities/activities that Lindenwood offers.
  • First-Generation Bridge 2019 Schedule – August 11-20, 2019
    • Detailed day-to-day schedule.
    • With acceptance into the program participants will get a more detailed schedule of the program at the beginning of August.

To learn more about FGC, the First-Generation Bridge, and support for first-generation students, please contact: Dr. Christie Rodgers, Associate Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services at CRodgers@lindenwood.edu or Sarah Leassner, Director of First-Year Programs at SLeassner@lindenwood.edu. The Office of Student and Academic Support Services (SASS) is located in the LARC, Suite 346.

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