First-Generation Resources

Across the nation, there is a growing number of students who identify as first-generation. At Western, first-generation students are defined as any student who indicates on their Western application that neither of their parents have earned a bachelor's degree. However, we know there are many others who may identify as first-generation and we support you in embracing that identity regardless of Western’s standard definition.

In 2021-22, Western was nationally-recognized as a First-Gen Forward institution. The First-Gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

We proudly welcome you to Western and want to help you navigate your college experience and connect you with other members of our campus community who identify as first-generation. We understand that not every student may be as familiar with the complexities of university life as others, especially if they are the first in their family to attend college. We are here to support you and your family as you find your place of belonging at Western.

We hope you will look deeper into the resources on this website to find your first-generation community and share the toolkit that has been created to help your family members better understand the experience you are having in college.


Graphic of blue person throwing graduation cap in air with I'm First-Gen text underneath. Surrounding the person are abstracts of foot prints each in different primary color.