A first-generation student is defined as a student who did not have at least one parent complete a bachelor's degree. First-generation students often face unique challenges and barriers to success in college, including a lack of understanding of the college experience, limited access to financial resources, and limited support networks. However, many first-generation college students overcome these challenges and go on to achieve great success in their academic and professional careers. Being a first-generation college student is often seen as a point of pride and a testament to a student’s determination and hard work.
As a first generation college student, you may face unique challenges in navigating the college experience. At Rider University, we understand these challenges and are here to support you every step of the way. This resource page is designed specifically to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed both academically and personally.
Rider University is proud to be designated as a First Gen Forward Institution. First Gen Forward is a program created by the Center for First-generation Student Success, a unit of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The program recognizes colleges and universities that have made a commitment to supporting and advancing the success of first-generation college students.
First Gen Resources
You’ve got this! Being a first generation college student is a significant accomplishment and a source of pride. It demonstrates a strong work ethic, a commitment to education, and a determination to overcome obstacles and achieve success.
We are proud to support first generation students at Rider University, and we are here to help you succeed in your college journey. If you have any questions or need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here for you every step of the way!