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First Generation Students

  • Who are first generation college students? 

    At DePaul, we define any student whose parent or guardian did not earn a bachelor's degree in the United States as first generation.

    What type of support is there for first generation college students?

    The Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) works with first generation college students by developing sustained developmental programs to support these students' college success. Beyond managing retention, persistence and empowerment programs, OMSS also serves as an advocacy office for marginalized college students during their time at DePaul.
  • Apply for Generation Success

    Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are now closed. Incoming first year students should check back here in June 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year application.

Find out more of the ways OMSS supports first generation students in academic achievement and empowerment programming.

What is Generation Success?

Generation Success is a brand new initiative at DePaul aimed at supporting those who are first in their families to attend college in the U.S. 

With a focus on community building and individualized attention, this program seeks to provide 360 degrees of support to ensure that first generation college students have what they need to achieve success. 

Students will take a Discover Chicago course together, have a peer mentor, have a staff or faculty mentor, and will be given a stipend upwards of $500 for their participation. This program aims to support this new generation of college students to define and redefine what success means and who gets to achieve it. 

Program Requirements

All students in Generation Success are required to do the following:

  • For your Chicago Quarter course, enroll in the “Chicago's Trailblazers: Creating Change”  

  • Attend a two-day, Pre-Immersion Experience prior to Discover Immersion Week 

  • Attend Generation Success community building programs and skill building workshops

  • Be an active participants in the STARS peer to peer mentoring program


Program Schedule & Important Dates

  • September 1st // Pre-Immersion Day 1: Opening Program & Family Welcome 
  • September 2nd // Pre-Immersion Day 2: Community Building 
  • September 3rd-6th, 9th // Discover Chicago Immersion Week
  • September 10th // Convocation & STARS Kick Off 
  • September 13th – November 1st // Fridays at 10:00am-12:40pm//  “Chicago's Trailblazers: Creating Change” Chicago Quarter Discover Course

Additional community building programs and skill building workshops: TBD. ​​

How to Apply

Application for the 2019-20 academic year is now closed. Incoming first-year students should check back here in June 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year application.​

What other resources for first generation college students does OMSS provide?

The Office of Multicultural Student Success has a number of specialized programs and opportunities aimed at supporting students who are first in their families to attend college in the United States.

I’m a parent of a first generation college student. Are there any resources for me? 

Yes, if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us and we’ll be sure to assist you. We also will provide a quarterly newsletter specifically for parents. If you would like to receive this newsletter, email to be added to our mailing list.