What does "first-generation" mean? 

West Chester University considers you a first generation college student if none of your parents/guardians completed a Bachelor's degree. Participate in West Chester's First events to meet other first-gens, improve your skills to become a more successful student, and connect yourself and your family to the campus! 


  • Congratulations to Sierra Irving, winner of our welcome back social media contest and a $20 Amazon gift card!
  • Be the First to...Prepare for the Fair!  Friday, February 19, 1 - 3 pm.  Check your WCU email for details.
  • Prepare for the Spring Housing Fair:  Monday, March 1, 7:30 pm.  More details coming soon.
  • Spring Housing Fair:  Wednesday, March 10.  More details coming soon!
  • Congratulations to all the first-gen students inducted into the Tri-Alpha Honor Society on February 3!

Why participate in West Chester's First programs?

We encourage first-generation students to participate in our programs to: 

·  gain a sense of belonging and establish your identity on our campus

·  improve your skills to become a successful student

·  helping increase awareness surrounding you and your family’s needs as first-generation student

West Chester's First Powerpoint

West Chester First Powerpoint Header




First Gen Family Resource Guide

First Gen Family Resource Guide



The Division of Student Affairs is committed to see you through the transition to alternative modes of instruction and a number of departments are prepared to continue engaging with our first-generation students through programs and resources to encourage you to reach your full potential. Please visit the WeCU website to learn more about current and incoming avenues of support, engagement, and involvement. Please continue to check your emails for announcements on first-generation targeted events and resources!



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