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

    Celebrate First Gen Student Day                                                          

    Thursday November 11, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm

    FAFSA Renewal Workshop with Financial Aid


    Preparing for Graduate School Workshop




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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 2020)