Mount Pleasant, IA – February 1, 2021 — Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce that it is featured in the 2021 I’m First! Guide to College, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation students make college a reality, published by the nonprofit organization Strive for College.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences found that while over 80 percent of “first-generation” college students have expectations for college in the tenth grade, only 20 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they’re 25. Students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education or come from a low-income household continue to be severely underrepresented on college campuses, despite high educational aspirations. Iowa Wesleyan University is working to change this trend and has been recognized for their continued efforts by Strive for College in their 2021 publication.
“The college search process can be very overwhelming for prospective students and their families,” states Katie Aranda, Assistant Dean of Student Success initiatives and Disability Services Coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan. “Through our Student Success Initiatives, Iowa Wesleyan University offers programs and services to support students and their families from the moment they step foot on campus to the moment they walk across the stage at graduation. We are excited for the opportunity to have these programs and services profiled in the 2021 I’m First! Guide to College.”
This guide features 164 colleges and universities recognized for their outreach efforts, financial aid, and support services as well as articles and advice from experts and college students, an interactive college planning curriculum for students, teachers, and counselors, and valuable information for parents and mentors, including a Spanish-language section. Iowa Wesleyan University is steadfast in its dedication to serving first-generation students, and this publication ensures that the intuition’s programmatic offerings are recognized nationally.
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