Colleges and policymakers often differ on how to define a “first-generation” college student. A new brief explores the assumptions at play—and how they affect programmatic support.
Meeting with professors can boost a student’s academic performance and career readiness, but students are hesitant to show up. Professors are investigating the source of the problem and ways to promote this untapped opportunity to students who need it the most.
Alumna Sofia Chen Ma (B’23) discusses her journey from a small town in Mexico to the McDonough School of Business, the person who inspires her the most, and how the Georgetown Scholars Program helped her embrace her authentic self and thrive.
Featuring Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, and Nick Kroll, the sold-out Stand Up for Georgetown show raised over $1.7 million to support undergraduates in the Georgetown Scholars Program.
Although direct admissions can open doors to postsecondary education for students from underrepresented communities, a simpler application process isn’t enough to make college truly accessible, some experts say.
Hoping to strengthen the path to higher education, college exposure programs and non-profit organizations are creating opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented communities to earn credits and see themselves in that environment.
First-generation college students benefit significantly when institutions provide a dedicated campus center that supports their full participation in the college experience and signals their importance to the campus community.
A study from researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Yale University highlights the unintended consequences of using GPA requirements to restrict access to in-demand majors.
This summer, Georgetown hosted several in-person programs that provided opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds to build foundational relationships with peers and faculty, and to explore academic interests.
A new survey of first-generation college students from Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse sheds light on students’ awareness of available supports and which they consider especially crucial.
Even when they hold the same college degree, low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students still find it more difficult to land a good job after graduation than wealthier, white peers.
Hoping to shed light on the unspoken expectations of higher education, a new series shows how first-generation students are navigating the “hidden curriculum” on college campuses.