Programs, Services and Research

FIRST provides programs and services that help you succeed. These include:

  • Daily study halls
  • Free tutoring
  • Study-skills and time-management workshops
  • Test bank
  • Referrals to research internships
  • Workshops for college success
  • Guest speakers
  • Career exploration opportunities
  • Off-campus excursions
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Announcements on campus activities
  • Student lounge
  • Social activities


studentsThe FIRST Program is designed to assist you throughout your undergraduate career. In addition to receiving academic support and participating in a social network, FIRST students can engage in summer research and service learning opportunities by working with the SCDNA Learning Center and SC LIFE. These activities enhance your academic and work experiences.

Barbara Speziale, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies“Students who are the first in their family to attend college might not realize how special they are. They have not only the talent and intelligence to get into college, but also the courage to go somewhere and achieve a milestone for their family. FIRST provides a home away from home for first-generation students and gives them opportunities to interact with first-generation staff, mentors and faculty who will guide them toward reaching their full potential.”

Barbara Speziale, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies