We Are First Gen

Office Mission:

The mission of The Office of First-Generation Initiatives is to provide a supportive and welcoming community for all first-generation students and their families by building a campus culture that celebrates and honors the first-generation identity. We connect first-generation students to faculty/staff, resources, and information to help promote academic excellence and sense of belonging from enrollment to graduation.


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.

By the Numbers

First Generation


of students nationally


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

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For Faculty/staff: If you would like to join the FIRST Network Newsletter or collaborate with our office and more, please fill out the form here!