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First-generation Student Initiatives

MSU graphic sayings "Proud to be a First-Gen Spartan Engineer" with a circle around it with the Spartan helmet

For students who are the first in their family to attend college, support and resources are available to ensure a successful experience.

MSU’s College of Engineering's First-generation Student Initiatives is committed to empowering and assisting students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education. Recognizing the unique strengths and challenges of first-generation college students, the program aims to create an inclusive and supportive environment that fosters academic, personal, and professional success. The program offers a range of resources, mentorship opportunities, and tailored support services; while also collaborating with the staff and faculty within the College of Engineering who are committed to supporting first-generation students on their academic and professional journey. Our goal is to create a community of support for all first-generation Spartan Engineers.

Michigan State University defines first-generation as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year degree. More than 1 in 5 MSU students are first-generation college students, along with many faculty and staff on campus.

Visit Spartan Family Connections for more information on helping students succeed while navigating life at MSU.