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You First at VCU

Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

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At VCU thousands of students are among the first in their family to attend college. We know that while being first is an exciting accomplishment, navigating college can be challenging. You First at VCU is here to serve as your compass — to help you get your bearings, set your course and be your guide all along your academic journey.

What is a first-generation college student?

If neither of your parents or legal guardians earned a bachelor's degree, then you are a first-generation college student.

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How do I connect with other first-gens?

A new student organization, You First at VCU, formed in 2018. To find out more about the organization and to become involved email

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These eight VCU students are the first in their family to graduate from college.

They come from different places and have different dreams. Here, they discuss the moments that mattered on the way to their degrees.Details »

Words from the wise: Five longtime professors reflect on their 20-plus years of teaching at VCU

Five professors who have two decades or more of VCU teaching experience share their experiences, favorite moments and lessons learned throughout the years, including our very own, Daphne Rankin.Details »

New campus exhibit is an uplifting showcase for first-generation students

The exhibit is a platform for first-generation students to use their voices to help others.Details »

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