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First-Generation Students

Students who are first in their families to attend college are known as "first-generation" students. At Miami, this highly-valued population includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, and those who identify as first-generation. We even have a "Miami Firsts" student organization and a residential affinity community.

Miami's First-Generation initiative seeks to build a community of first-generation college students and their allies while celebrating their resilience, tenacity, and achievements. The Student Success Center serves as the home for first-generation students at Miami, providing holistic support and connecting them to resources such as mentoring, career exploration, and financial aid.

Learn about additional resources and events on the Miami Regionals First-Gen website.

Celebrate First-Gen Students!

The achievements of Miami’s first-generation students are celebrated on November 8 as part of the National First-Generation College Celebration, which is held annually. Stay tuned for more information about 2023’s events!

Ally Information

Connect with first-generation faculty and staff and those who can understand the support you need to succeed.
Graduating students with first gen decorated on their mortarboards

First Gen "Swag"

Show your pride and support for Miami's first-generation community with lapel pins, stickers, and clings. Visit the Student Success Center in room 112 of Nellie Craig Walker Hall to pick up your first-gen gear.
Stickers and pins saying Miami University First Generation

Student Organizations

Oxford Campus

Join Miami Firsts to connect with other first-generation students for mutual support, peer mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Learn more about Miami Firsts.

We also invite you to join the Facebook group of the Miami Firsts student organization. Learn how to get involved with this group of passionate and persistent achievers.

Hamilton Campus

Get involved in Fantastic Firsts, the first-generation student organization at the Regional campuses. Contact advisor Dr.Jerry Martin for more information and to learn about upcoming events.

Additional Resources

Student Success Center


The Miami First-Generation Initiative is located in the Student Success Center (SSC), which helps students with everything from complex problems to simple solutions. From day one to year four, the SSC is available throughout students' Miami experience.

Feel free to call us anytime at 513-529-0007 or email us at

Offices and Programs

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Learn about diversity and inclusion and discover resources to enhance academic and personal success at Miami.

Office of Parent and Family Programs
Parents and families are invited to engage as vital partners in their student's education, transitions, and personal growth.

Student and Family Resources
Miami has a variety of resources to help students with unexpected needs, writing assistance, tutoring, and more. Resources are also available for families, faculty, and staff to learn about and support first-generation students.