You First at VCU First-Generation Student Success and Research Center

Composed of two branches, the Center's mission is to increase first-generation student success through student programming and engagement efforts as well as faculty research and development. First-Generation Student Success informs, connects, and supports first-generation student success, including their retention and degree completion, through events, mentorship, and digital communications. Faculty Engagement and Research, which is the first of its kind across the United States, provides fellowship opportunities for faculty to conduct research aimed at furthering first-generation student success. Faculty learning communities and an ambassador program further equip instructors with resources and information to champion first-generation students.

For Students

If neither of your parents or legal guardian earned a bachelor’s degree, then you are a first-generation college student! Browse this website for information and resources, and contact us at with any questions or requests for support.

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For Faculty and Staff

VCU provides numerous opportunities to participate in activities, programs, and events designed to support faculty and staff in their efforts to enhance student success. To find out more about the organization and to become involved email


Class of 2023: Oscar Kemp’s pursuit of ‘global citizenship’ is now taking him far beyond VCU

Social work major and Fulbright Scholar will teach English in Africa before pursuing law school and public policy.

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Class of 2023: Sierra Tutwiler puts her energy into energy

First-generation college grad, a double major in physics and mechanical engineering, directs her passion for science and research into power.

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VCU awarded $2M grant to expand first-generation student center

Grant supports expansion of You First at VCU First-Generation Student Success and Research Center.

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