West Chester University is excited and proud that thousands of first generation students—West Chester’s First—call our campus home. 

Participating in events and programs that connect you to the campus, your fellow students, and WCU faculty and staff will help you be even more successful during your college career and beyond. 

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

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

Tri-Alpha, First-Generation Honor Society

WCU was recently recognized by Alpha Alpha Alpha first -generation honor society.  The Tri-Alpha Induction Ceremony is postponed and will be rescheduled for Fall 2020. Please email trialpha@wcupa.edu with specific questions.

About Tri-Alpha

Alpha Alpha Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, was founded March 24, 2018 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Over 100 members of the Alpha Chapter were initiated that day, including undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and honorary members. Following the successful induction, the College took steps to incorporate Alpha Alpha Alpha so that chapters could be started on other campuses across the country. Tri-Alpha exists as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization, for the purposes of supporting the activities of the honors society. Learn more about Alpha Alpha Alpha.

Scholarship for first generation students

Interested in a scholarship for first generation students? Apply for opportunities brought to you by the Santander Bank and Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. This partnership seeks to support first generation students and their studies in entrepreneurship. Read more about the two scholarships opportunities  -view application for the Santander Entrepreneurship Fellow Program . If you have any  questions, please contact Pattie Diggin at pdiggin@wcupa.edu. 



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 annoucements on first-generation targeted events and resources!



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