Harvard College recognizes the need for trustworthy mentors and advocates for students who are the first in their immediate families to pursue and complete a four-year bachelor's degree in the U.S. The experience of a first-generation student comes with the excitement of expanding horizons, but also comes with a unique set of questions about navigating college life.
You are not alone. Around 15% of Harvard students are first generation students (including Harvard's Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, William Fitzsimmons).
There are a host of resources and networks available to support first-generation students at Harvard, including the Harvard First Generation Program, First Generation Harvard Alumni, Harvard College Financial Aid Initative, the Advising Programs Office's First-Generation Advising Faculty Directory, a list of faculty who have expressed interest in serving as mentors for first-generation and low-income students. Feel free to utilize their contact information to reach out about any questions you may have.
First Generation Resources
The Admissions and Financial Aid Office’s Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) focuses on directing college awareness to future first-generation college students.
The First Generation Harvard Alumni is a Harvard Alumni Association interest group dedicated towards the empowerment of first-generation students. They host an annual mentorship program, pairing first-year, first-generation students with first-generation alumni of the College.
Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) While first-generation students come from a variety of financial backgrounds, this financial aid initiative has increased the number of students from lower income backgrounds and simultaneously added to the number of first-generation students at Harvard. And HFAI supports students not only through generous financial aid but also through special programs like the Student Events Fund, the Winter Coat Fund, and community events like the popular HFAI dinners.Back to top