How do I know if I'm a first-gen undergraduate student?
At the University of Minnesota, undergraduate students are considered first-generation college students if neither parent has completed a 4-year college or university degree.
How do I know if I'm a first-gen graduate student?
At the University of Minnesota, the definition of a first-generation graduate student is the same as it is for undergraduate students. You are considered first-generation if neither parent has completed an undergraduate college degree.
Am I a first-gen student if my parents started college or university and did not finish their degree?
If your parents took a few college classes or even completed community college, you will often be considered first-gen.
Am I a first-gen student if other members of my family (step-parents, siblings, grandparents) went to college before me?
Yes. Being a first-gen student means that your parent(s) did not complete a 4-year college or university degree, regardless of other family member’s level of education. Older siblings and family members who attended college may be a great resource as you navigate your college journey!