First-Generation Initiatives

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!

Our initiatives seek to:

  • Provide workshops and individual support to help you successfully transition into higher education and navigate college
  • Create a community among first gen students and sense of pride about being first-gen
  • Connect you to appropriate resources on campus
  • Create a campus-wide initiative to support and celebrate first-gen students
  • In Fall 2021, first year first gen students will have the opportunity to be paired with a first gen mentor

My experience

    Proud, strong, groundbreaking, and more.

    Summer Start

    First-year first-gen students have the opportunity to attend Summer Start — Participate in workshops to understand resources on campus and have social and cultural experiences to connect with peers and staff. Space is limited.

    Spring 2021  

    FAFSA Renewal Workshop with Financial Aid

    Friday February 26, 2021     


    Virtual event - Click here to Register!                                                                                                                                                        

    Prep for Life After Naz Workshop

    Thursday March 4, 2021      

    12:10 - 1:00pm    

    Virtual event - Click here to Register!


    Financial Literacy Workshop

    Thursday March 25, 2021              

    12:10 - 1:00pm                                                                                                   

    Virtual event - Click here to Register!    











    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 >

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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)