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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


One generation video

ONE Generation Video


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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