What's first gen? At Nazareth College, a student is identified as a first-generation college student if neither parent/guardian earned a bachelor's degree. If this is you, congratulations! Being the first member of your family to attend college is a big accomplishment and an exciting challenge.

You are not alone. At Nazareth, 12% of the undergraduate students are first-generation and we look forward to supporting you throughout your college journey!

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My experience

    Proud, strong, groundbreaking, and more.
    Arlene Lopez

    “Your voice can make a change"

    Student experience: College has been more than Arlene Lopez expected and has given her strong connections, including friendships with students and mentoring by staff and faculty.

    Joycelyn Rivas

    "Embrace the uncomfortable"

    Student experience: Joycelyn Rivas, majored in psychology with a minor in neuropsychology >

    Surrounded by Support

    Nazareth staff and faculty — including some who are first-gen college grads themselves — are glad to be resources. Read their First-gen Stories >

    Fall 2021 Events

    First Gen Bootcamp (for first year students only)

    Saturday August 28, 2021, 12:15-1:30pm

    Medaille Dining Room

    Join Rene Smith and first gen professors Bryan Adam and Rose Hair to chat about differences between high school and college classes. It will be a comfortable space to ask questions and learn tips about how to be successful in the classroom. Students will grab their lunch from the Dining Commons first

    Preparing for Graduate School Workshop

    Tuesday September 28, 2021, 12:10-1:00pm

    Location: Library Media B

    FAFSA Renewal Workshop with Financial Aid

    Friday October 15, 2021, 2:30-3:30pm

    Library 122

    Financial Aid counselors will guide you through renewing your FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year

    First Gen Pumpkin Decorating during Family Weekend

    Wednesday October 23, 2021 11:30am-12:30pm

    Location: Shults Porthole Lounge

    Get in the Fall spirit with First Gen Pumpkin Decorating. Open to first gen students and their families. Pumpkins, apple cider and doughnuts will be provided.

    Celebrate First Gen Student Day                                                          

    Thursday November 11, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm

    Shults Reading Lounge

    Please join us to acknowledge and celebrate first gen students, faculty and staff and the strengths they add to the campus community.

    Virtual Prep for Graduate School Workshop

    Thursday November 18th, 2021, 12:10-1:00pm

    Zoom Link




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    Logo badge: First-Gen Forward Institution

    Recognized as a leader in first-gen education

    The national Center for First-generation Student Success honored Nazareth in 2020 for demonstrating a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.


    of Nazareth undergraduates are first-generation college students (Fall 2021)