Office for Students First
First-generation at Shippensburg University is defined as:
A student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) does not have a
baccalaureate (four-year) college degree.
If you are a First-generation student or know a First-generation student at SU, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on campus at the Center for Emerging Scholars. First-generation students can also join the First-Gen Student Alliance (FGSA) student organization and connect with First-generation peers.
The Office for Students First at Shippensburg University will serve first-generation students from recruitment to graduation through research-based programs, best practices, campus-wide advocacy, and resources. Our focus is to enhance the academic quality of life for all students who aspire to be the first in their families to obtain a four-year college degree.
The Office for Students First will foster exemplary practices that fills the academic gaps for first-generation students, providing them with an advantage, while being recognized for our program’s quality and services locally, regionally, and nationally.
Our Core Values
- The Office for Students First will establish healthy relationships with all first-generation students and families, the college community, and the local community, while teaching our students how to build positive relationships.
- We are advocates for all first-generation students, and we empower our students to self-advocate.
- We will persist and be diligent in engaging with every first-generation student on campus. No first-generation student is insignificant, and all our first-generation students matter. Further, we will educate every first-generation student on persisting in all areas of academia, so they achieve success.
- We are here to serve first-generation students by meeting them where they are on their path in life. We will also teach them how to serve themselves and others, so they become role-models and leaders in their communities and within their careers.