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 at Harvard to support first-generation students at Harvard, including 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
Dean of Students Office (DSO)
The Dean of Students Office hosts the First-Generation and Low-Income Student Advocate. The duties of the Student Advocate involve advising first-generation and low-income students on academic, social, and personal life.
Havard College First Generation Student Union (FGSU)
The Harvard College First Generation Student Union is a student organization that provides an inclusive community that aims to ease the transition to college and support first-generation students. Feel free to visit their Facebook page for the latest updates and events.
First Generation Harvard Alumni
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 College Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI)The Harvard College Financial Aid Initiative hosts the Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP), which focuses on directing college awareness to future first generation college students. The Financial Aid and Admissions Office also features a first-generation student blog.