Advising First-Generation Students

Students who are first in their families to go to college tend to be more at-risk of dropping out of college than their peers. This is true at UP as well as nationally. Academic advisors can support these students in a number of ways in order to raise retention rates of this population and help grow student satisfaction. The brochure below summarizes research about first-generation students and provides guidance on advising these students.

Advising Resources

NACADA FGEN Advising Resources

It's Tough to Trailblaze: Challenges of First-Generation College Students, by Dr. Matthew Lynch

Other Articles

Advising First-Generation Students, by Angela Renee Sickles

First-Generation College Students and Academic Advising: Words of Wisdom from Academic Advisors, by Angela Dawn Mead

Revisiting Validation Theory: Theoretical Foundations, Applications, and Extensions by Linares and Munoz

First-Generation Resources

Advisors can direct students to the UP first-generation webpage for students and parents

Tools for finding more information:

Looking for more information about advising First Generation students? Check out UP's FGEN web page, or contact Matt Daily, FGEN program manager, at


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