Missouri State University welcomes and supports first-generation students and their families. In fact, Missouri State has been nationally recognized for their first-generation student support. One university wide initiative includes specialized sections of the first-year seminar for first-generation students based upon their academic major as well as sections for those first-generation students who may not have declared a major. Because often times, first-generation students may not know what questions to ask their advisor, the university has created a college proactive advising program to offer additional professional development for academic advisors who have first-generation student advisees.
Need some extra support? First-generation students are strongly encouraged to contact the TRIO office. TRIO is a student resource that offers additional opportunities for advising, mentoring, and getting connected on campus. Students are also invited to request an academic coach—this free service is available to all students through the Center for Academic Success and Transition.
Many times, first-generation students know that they want to get involved on campus, but they may not know where to start. MSU: I’m First is a student organization that was created because students wanted an opportunity to meet other first-generation students. MSU: I’m First hosts social events as well as financial aid and scholarship workshops.
How might family members support their students? Missouri State has resources that family members might find particularly helpful.
https://www.missouristate.edu/firstgeneration/ This website has useful information for students and family members, including financial aid, scholarships, campus resources, etc.
Bear Notes is a monthly e-newsletter that routinely includes a helpful article geared towards first-generation students’ families.