First-Generation College Student Support at Wheaton

Nearly 20% of Wheaton students are the first in their families to attend college…
… and we’re proud of that! First-gen students are a strong, independent, and self reliant community and we believe it’s important to recognize their achievements! Wheaton holds a first-gen student awareness week annually to recognize, support and celebrate this identity with events and programming.

Wheaton dedicates staff and resources to support first-gen students with their individual needs one-on-one…
The Center for Social Justice and Community Impact works with Student and Academic Affairs to develop programming for first-gen students every semester. Additionally, a dedicated AmeriCorps VISTA currently works in the center to develop long-term support structures for first-gen students to ensure their success at Wheaton.

The Focus on First-Gen program provides events and programs to build the first-gen community and connect students to resources…
In addition to one-on-­one academic support and advising, first-gen ­centered student programming such as networking events, movie viewings, dinners, alumni panels, and performances are all available for students to take advantage of. Additionally, a first-gen pre-orientation session, Brave, Bold & First, is held in August prior to that start of the academic year to provide students an opportunity to acclimate to campus, develop connections with peers and meet campus resources.