On this page, we have collected resources to help our first-generation students, who are pioneers in their families on this college journey, to flourish at UD.
A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States.
First Generation Students - Selected Titles
The First Generation Student Experience
LC 148.2 .D38 2010
At the Intersection
LC 4069.6 .A82 2021
Suggested Videos, Online Resources, and Readings
Examining First-Generation College Student Lived Experiences with Microaggressions and Microaffirmations at a Predominately White Public Research UniversityStudies have described the experiences of racial microaggressions in everyday life and on college campuses, yet prior research has not explored how microaggressions and microaffirmations are experienced by students who are first in their family to attend college. Method: This qualitative investigation of 296 open-ended survey responses described the lived experiences of first-generation college students at a large, public, predominately White institution. Results: Students experienced microaggressions in the form microinsults, microassaults, and microinvalidations, and microaffirmations in the form of microsupports, microcompliments, and microvalidations on campus. Conclusions: Study implications include the development and implementation of regular positive and intentional communications by faculty, staff, and peers on college campuses.
First Generation Business Students Attitudes Towards Learning in Small Liberal Arts CollegesFirst-generation students are faced with different challenges when joining the institutions of higher learning. Some of the experiences encountered by these students when entering these institutions can disorient them in a manner that affects their learning abilities. For this reason, it is necessary to come up with an approach that enhances their
preparedness in joining these institutions. Both the first-generation students and the institutions which they plan to join must be well prepared in handling the challenges that are to be faced.
First Generation College Student's Perceptions of an Academic Retention ProgramThis qualitative study examines the perceptions of students enrolled in a campus-based program designed to promote academic success and retention of first generation college students. Method: Twenty-five undergraduate students in the program participated in focus groups and interviews to share their perceptions and experiences. Research team members conducted a thematic analysis on the focus groups and interviews transcripts. Findings: Students reported program components that contributed to their academic success and retention including support, expectations, resources, and preparation. Students also described concerns about how students' needs changed over time and how students in the program were perceived on campus.
Motivating First-Generation Students to Academic Success and College CompletionInstitutions play an important role in motivating students by understanding intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivate students to remain in college. Postsecondary institutions should provide a range of
programs to help these students face their challenges and weaknesses. Colleges and universities should escalate the process of creating
bridge programs that link higher education to secondary education.
These experiences provide academic and social pathways that assist first-generation students overcome inadequate preparation for college. It is recommended using creative approaches to motivate students, such as field trips, presentations by other first-generation college students, and collaborative planning for transition could benefit this population of students.