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Information for First-Generation Students

Pursue your goals at Rutgers University with the resources and support to ensure the success of underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.

What Does First Generation Mean?

Rutgers University welcomes trailblazers, the individuals who are among the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. Join our vibrant community filled with fresh faces and diverse worldviews dedicated to helping students thrive. We work collaboratively to decrease the achievement gap for underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.

Graduation rate among first-generation students

National average is 54%

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First-generation students


First-generation students among incoming class

(Rutgers–New Brunswick)

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