The Struggles of First-Generation College Students

On our college admissions blog, we’ve touched over the years upon the significance — from the standpoint of highly selective college admissions — of being the first in one’s immediate family to attend college. In short, our nation’s elite colleges covet these very students. You’ll note in just about every … 

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First-Gen College Students Advantage

Do students who will be the first in their families to attend college have an advantage in highly selective college admissions? You bet they do! America’s elite universities love to admit students whose parents did not attend college, to serve as pathways for these young people to socioeconomic mobility. You … 

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First in Families to Attend College

Students who will be the first in their families to attend college are among the most coveted groups in highly selective college admissions. But certainly this wasn’t always the case. In fact, just a few years ago, the Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, appeared on “Huffington Post Live” and … 

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First Gen College Students

There’s a really nice piece in “The New York Times” today about first-generation college students. The piece, written by Elizabeth A. Harris and entitled “‘I Won’t Give Up’: How First-Generation Students See College” features the stories of first-generation college students — interviewed by five first-generation college students studying journalism. First-generation college … 

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First Generation College Students

A number of first-generation college students are under the misimpression that the fact that their parents didn’t attend college will hurt their chances for admission. They think that this reflects poorly on them. They think it makes them seem like someone who is undeserving of being admitted to a highly … 

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