If you’re the first—or among the first—in your family to attend college or university, you’re considered a first generation college student. It’s a name many students embody with pride, and for a good reason: pursuing a bachelor’s degree is a powerful achievement on its own, a marker of the dedication and commitment that brought you here. While the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that 30 percent of all entering college freshmen are first generation, more than half of all Iowa Wesleyan University students identify as first generation.
While a first generation college student at Iowa Wesleyan is defined as an individual whose parents or legal guardian have not completed a bachelor’s degree, first generation students are so much more. They are trailblazers, risk takers, and pioneers.