First-generation at CSUMB
First, but not alone
Our goal is to celebrate this identity by connecting students to former first-generation faculty and staff.
- Foster and increase the sense of belonging and social connectedness for students who identify as first-generation college students.
- Provide opportunities for first-generation college students to integrate their college experiences into the world of work.
Defining first-generation at CSUMB
As defined by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, first-generation students are often categorized simply as those who are the first in their families to attend college. At CSUMB, first-generation indicates students from families where neither parent or guardian completed a four-year or higher college degree.
You are still considered first-generation if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a trade school.
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a community college and took classes.
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) went to a community college and have an Associate’s degree.
- Your sibling(s) graduated from a four-year university.
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) attended some college but did not graduate.
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) received a four-year degree in another country.
For the most current percentage of first-generation students, see undergraduate enrollment.
It is important for first-generation students to seek out campus resources that guide navigating the college experience. Key resources for first-generation students include the following: