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What it Means to be a First Generation College Student

Higher education is changing. As the college-going population in America shifts to include a larger percentage of minority and disadvantaged students, first-generation students — those who are the first in their families to attend or graduate college — represent 56 percent of all undergraduates, according to the Center for First-Generation Student Success. At community colleges, that number is even higher: Sixty-four percent are first-generation students.

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