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Preparing for College as a First-Generation College Student. Brought to you by: Office of Student Transitions & TRiO Student Support Services. ONE Generation Video. Facts About 1st-Gen Students. Work at least part-time Are less involved on campus

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preparing for college as a first generation college student
Preparing for College as a

First-Generation College Student

Brought to you by:

Office of Student Transitions

&

TRiO Student Support Services

facts about 1st gen students
Facts About 1st-Gen Students
  • Work at least part-time
  • Are less involved on campus
  • Expect to live off-campus their first year
  • Have less encouragement & support from family & friends
  • Are less academically prepared
  • Have lowered self-efficacy

All of these factors can lead to DROPPING OUT!

Source: Woosley, S., & Shepler, D. (2011) Understanding the Early Integration Experiences of First-Generation College Students. College Student Journal, 45(4), 700-714.

collegiate academics
Collegiate Academics
  • High school vs. College
    • Increased academic rigor
    • Responsibility & accountability
  • Time management
    • Plan ahead
    • Prioritize assignments & activities
  • Study skills
    • “STEP YA GAME UP!”
high risk majors courses
High Risk Majors & Courses
  • Majors: “STEM”
    • Science, technology, engineering, & mathematics
    • Examples: biology, nursing, geosciences, radiologic technology, etc.
  • Courses:
    • BIOL 2010/2011 (Anatomy &Physiology)
    • MATH 1530 (Statistics)
  • Know what you need
    • 4-year plan; Undergraduate Bulletin
    • Tutoring
    • Supplemental Instruction
  • Select courses based on your talents
finances and college
Finances and College
  • Managing finances
    • Selecting cost-effective options (e.g. residence hall & meal plan choices)
    • Additional college expenses
    • Determining needs vs. wants
  • Financial aid
    • Submit FAFSA early! JANURARY 1!!!
    • Apply for scholarships
    • Minimize student loan debt
    • Financial aid limits
    • Satisfactory Academic Progression (SAP)
credit hours sap
Credit Hours & SAP
  • Most courses = 3 credit hours
    • Most science labs = 1 credit hour
  • Full-time student = 12 credit hours
    • 4 courses (on average)
  • Bachelor’s degree = 120 credit hours
    • 4 year completion = 15 credit hours per semester (with NO deviation)
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • GPA ~ Be in good standing
    • Pace ~ Earn 67% of attempted hours
support
Support
  • Home: Family & friends
    • Educate & explain
    • Set realistic expectations
    • Know when to say when
  • Create new circles
    • Variety ~ peers, faculty, & staff
  • Become involved
    • Inside & outside of the classroom
first gen cohort
First-Gen Cohort
  • Conditional Admission
    • APSU 1000 (MW 2:30-3:25)
    • HIST 2020 (MWF 10:10-11:05)
    • THEA 1030 (TR 8:00-9:25)
  • Full Admission
    • APSU 1000 (W 11:15-12:10)
    • THEA 1030 (MWF 8:00-8:55)
    • ENGL 1010 (MWF 9:05-10:00)
support offices on campus
Support Offices on Campus
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • Academic Support Center
  • Adult & Non-Traditional Student Center
  • Counseling Services
  • Disability Services
  • Hispanic Culture Center
  • Military Student Center
  • Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center
questions
QUESTIONS

TRiO Student Support Services

[email protected]

931-221-6142

Ellington 337

Student Transitions

[email protected]

931-221-7607

University Center 210

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