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First-Generation Student Information & Resources

Congratulations, and welcome to DePauw University!

If you are “First Gen,” you are blazing a new trail by coming to DePauw! First-generation students are those students whose parent(s) have not completed a college degree. Often, because you and your family haven’t benefited from a long, collegiate history with an institution as unique as DePauw, our university traditions and processes may seem confusing, complicated and even strange.  Don’t worry-- we are here to help!  

Perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it this far.  We encourage you to lean into those traits and to remember that it can be helpful to learn from other first-generation students who have come before you.  At DePauw, you’ll meet other, trail-blazing First Gen students, faculty and staff.  They can share what worked for them and provide perspective and insight on what can help you, as you work towards attaining your degree.

First-generation students often experience a range of feelings about being the first in their family to attend college and/or to complete their college degree.  Whatever you are feeling is normal and to be expected.  Talking to other students, faculty and staff can help.

We look forward to supporting you this academic year!

 

DePauw First-Generation 2025

A total of 90+ first-generation college students joined us in the Class of 2025.

Below we featured a small group who gathered in August during move-in day.

First Gen

Class of 2025 Overview

Asian or Asian American 4
Black or African American 7
LatinX 21
Nonresident Alien 18
Multiracial 3
White 41
Grand Total 94

 

Bienvenidos nuevos estudiantes!

Student and family at old gold tailgate APOYANDO A LOS ESTUDIANTES EN EL CAMPUS

APOYANDO A LOS ESTUDIANTES EN EL CAMPUS

Nuestro apoyo no termina cuando los estudiantes están admitidos. Después que los estudiantes se comprometen con DePauw, tienen acceso a una variedad de recursos que apoya a nuestro diverso estudiantado.

APOYANDO A LOS ESTUDIANTES EN EL CAMPUS

 

INSPIRTATIONAL MESSAGES

What It's Like To Be A First Generation College Student
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What It's Like to Be A First-Generation College Student is a YouTube video featuring three first-generation students discussing what the "first-gen" label means to them (2:01).

What It's Like To Be A First Generation College Student

Michelle Obama's inspiring message to first gen college students
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Michelle Obama's Inspiring Message to First-Generation Students is a YouTube video featuring words of encouragement and motivation to first-gen students from our former First Lady (and first-generation student) Michelle Obama (2:23).

Michelle Obama's inspiring message to first gen college students

TED Talk | "How students of color confront impostor syndrome" | Dena Simmons
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How students of color confront imposter syndrome is a TED talk in which Dena Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are (10:20).

TED Talk | "How students of color confront impostor syndrome" | Dena Simmons

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