College is an experience characterized by change and challenges. A strong support system can make a difference in whether or not you excel. The FIRST Program helps ensure success for students who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation college students are students whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university. Clemson is proud of its first generation students and is committed to their success.
FIRST helps first-generation college students adjust to the college experience by offering a variety of opportunities and resources, from academic support to social activities. New freshman and transfer students are invited to apply and access the resources and opportunities FIRST provides. FIRST participation continues throughout a student’s time at Clemson.
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Feature Story: Clemson FIRST Program Advisory Board Chairman, A Clemson alumnus, talks about why he is personally supporting the program.
Feature Story: How the FIRST program helped alum Jennifer Rahn get to medical school