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


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.


Due to the closing of our university amid the outbreak of COVID-19, please continue to check your emails and this website for upcoming details about online events and resources we will be providing for the remainder of the semester. The first-generation committees will be meeting over the next week to help our first generation students through this unprecedented time of national emergency. 

 Need Help Preparing For Midterms? West Chester's First Presents... Cocoa & Cram. March 19th| 7-9pm Sykes Commuter Lounge, Refreshments will be provided. Grab some sweet treats and get those last minute questions answered. Here you can meet with a success coach for the study tips and get your paper reviewed by the writing center!

Need Help Preparing For Midterms?

West Chester's First Presents... Cocoa & Cram.
March 19th| 7-9pm

Now rescheduled to occur on Zoom! Please check your emails and this website for more information in the near future.

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