We Are First Gen

First-generation students have unique experiences and challenges that shape how they navigate college. We want to celebrate the journeys of students, faculty and staff, and encourage the next generation of students who are the first in their family to complete a baccalaureate degree.

The University of Missouri defines a first-generation college student as one whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university. This also includes students (before age 18) who have not lived with or received support from a parent who has received a bachelor’s degree.

One third of U.S. college students are considered first generation. At MU, nearly 25 percent of new (first-time college and transfer) students identify as first generation.

National First-Generation College Celebration Week

Nov. 8–12, 2021

Join the University of Missouri in a national celebration of first-gen college student success! Click below for editable graphics to post pics of your favorite student or graduate on social media, preview the list of Mizzou units hosting Open Door Days — opportunities to get to know different departments and explore student success resources — and other fun events. And be sure to pick up some first-gen swag at the Student Success Center, Center for Student Involvement or any of Mizzou’s five Social Justice Centers: the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center and the Women’s Center.

By the Numbers

First Generation


of students nationally


of new Mizzou students (first-time college and transfer)


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