College is an experience characterized by change and challenges. A strong support system can make a difference in whether or not you excel. The FIRST Program helps ensure success for students who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation college students are students whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university. Clemson is proud of its first generation students and is committed to their success.
FIRST helps first-generation college students adjust to the college experience by offering a variety of opportunities and resources, from academic support to social activities. New freshman and transfer students are invited to apply and access the resources and opportunities FIRST provides. FIRST participation continues throughout a student’s time at Clemson.
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FIRST students can also select to live in Mauldin Hall, our Living and Learning Community. It is a unique opportunity to live in a community with other first generation students and share similar experiences both academically and socially.
Clemson student Robert Locke — a first-generation college student — knows the challenges that can come with being first at Clemson University Clemson South Carolina Feature Story: Being First — Facing the challenges of being a first-generation college student.
• 15% of Clemson students are first-generation college students
• Over 3,000 FIRST students have been mentored by 84 successful mentors
• FIRST has graduated over 1,000 students
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