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Carolina Grad Student Firsts and Carolina Firsts celebrating National First-Gen College DayWe define Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS as those whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree.  We recognize that our graduate students come from a broad range of diverse educational experiences, with many first-generation graduate students also having been first-generation college students.  This initiative focuses on navigating academic culture, thriving as an advanced student, and building community.

How we create STUDENT SUCCESS:

  • Orientation – acclimating to academic culture
  • Understanding mentor/mentee relationship
  • Learning to ask for help
  • Communicating your academic training to family and friends
  • Learning to ask questions you assume everyone already knows
  • Understanding funding basics
  • Tapping into and creating informal support networks
  • First-generation faculty panel discussion
  • First-Gen Fridays—social networking events

E-mail to join the Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS listserv.  We invite you to check out upcoming CGSF events by clicking the buttons on the left-hand menu.


Center for First-generation Student Success First Forward AdvisoryCarolina is part of the first cohort of institutions recognized by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation.  Recognition as a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution comes because of the commitment to first-generation college student support by Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS and Carolina Firsts.

Additional Resources

The Carolina F1RSTS office supports undergraduate first-generation college students. Their office welcomes faculty, staff, and graduate students to become Carolina F1RSTS Advocates to serve as resources. Advocates trainings are offered throughout the academic year.