Celebrate Being a First-Gen Warrior

Being first-generation means you are the first person in your family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Over 3,500 undergraduates, or 43.3% of students, at WSU are First-Gen Warriors.

First-gen students, compared to students whose parents have a 4-year bachelor’s degree, are more likely to be:

  • Equally supported and encouraged by their parents
  • Transfer students
  • Female
  • Low-income
  • Juggling academics and a job
  • Commuting or living off campus

First-Gen Story

My parents support my education but there were times they couldn’t help me, because they didn’t have experience in college. My first-gen orientation class helped me understand loans, renting versus buying textbooks, joining clubs, studying abroad and many other aspects of being a college student.

- Erin