There’s Something Special About Being First

What does being first-generation mean?

Ustrive logol Being a first-generation college student is commonly defined as a student whose parent/guardian has not attended a four-year college or university to attain a bachelor’s degree. We understand that this definition may not fully account for the rich diversity of first-generation college students. At Susquehanna, we welcome students who self-identify as first-generation as it pertains to their own experience.

Susquehanna University has been recognized by UStrive for excellence in student opportunity and success. The university prioritizes academic excellence, enhancing educational experiences and opportunities for its diverse community. Access is supported through financial, academic and social aid at the core of the campus. Susquehanna stands as a future-ready institution, guiding students to forge unique paths and reach their full potential. With a focus on intellectual development, active learning and global citizenship, the university empowers graduates for successful and meaningful lives.

Annual First-Generation College Celebration Day, November 8

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration! On November 8, colleges and universities celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty and staff.

Breaking Down Barriers  

Susquehanna University is breaking down barriers for first-generation college, low-income students and students with disabilities. TRiO student support services provides an individualized approach to students and caters to the needs of each individual.

“With my mentor’s guidance, I soon realized I deserved to be at college. My determination, hard work and resilience displayed my dedication to succeed. “

Toni Momodu ’24, What Being a First-Gen Student Means to Me

Support and Resources

Susquehanna is dedicated to the pioneers, the trailblazers — the first-generation students who are still figuring it all out. If you’re navigating the twists and turns of your college journey and in search of a helping hand, you’ve found your place. Susquehanna is here, committed to ensuring that every student has the unwavering support needed to not just survive, but thrive in their academic pursuits.

TRiO Student Support Services

Frist-generation students are eligible for TRiO student support services.

Burke Hawk Hub

The Burke Hawk Hub team is committed to providing you with the necessary support to navigate your college experience.

Pre-Flight Programs

Pre-Flight Programs will help you get involved on campus early, meet other students with similar interests as you acclimate to your new home away from home.

Celebrating Our First-Generation Graduates 

Susquehanna held its inaugural First-Generation Pinning Ceremony, where students who are the first in their immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree were recognized.

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Image of pins distributed during first-generation pinning ceremony.
Image of audience during first-generation pinning ceremony.

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