Office for Students First

First-generation at Shippensburg University is defined as: 

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 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.  

Our Mission

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.  

Our Vision 

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 

  • Relationships 
    • 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. 
  • Advocacy 
    • We are advocates for all first-generation students, and we empower our students to self-advocate. 
  • Persistence 
    • 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.  
  • Service 
    • 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.