First Generation Project Launched

Published in Jan/Feb 2012 Facutly Newsletter - By Miri Skolnik and John Belcher

MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student population, approximately 800 students in total (undergraduate and graduate). The critical importance of this population surpasses its sheer numbers, as this segment of the student body plays a vital role in the richness of an MIT education. Moreover, the presence of First Generation students reflects one of MIT's key values: its dedication to guaranteeing equal and affordable access to higher education. Yet, in spite of their essential contribution to MIT, this population has been largely invisible as a distinct group – until now.

In the spring of 2011, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming launched the First Generation Project (FGP), in order to bring more visibility to the unique needs and remarkable accomplishments of these students. A public forum now exists for these students to address their shared experiences, the challenges they face, and the collective resourcefulness they bring to bear as the "first in the family" to attain such achievement.

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