First Gen Proud

What Does it Mean to be a First-Generation Student?

A formal definition of a first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree in the United States. However, at Texas State University, we understand that this definition may not fully account for the rich diversity of first-generation college students. For example, you are first-generation if: 

  • Your parent/guardian(s) have some college experience but did not earn a degree from a four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Your sibling has completed a college degree. 
  • Your primary caretaker did not earn a degree from a four-year college or university in the United States.

Wondering if you are a first-generation student?
Reach out and we'll help you determine if you qualify for first-gen support. 

40.4% First-Generation First-Year Students

43% First-Generation Undergraduate Students


First Generation Initiatives partners alongside first-generation students and their families to foster academic and personal success.  We provide connections to academic resources, life skills development, and enrichment opportunities that empower students to build and strengthen community while creating a positive learning environment for lifelong success.

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Support First-Gen Students

Your gift to the First Gen Proud Campaign helps support students at Texas State, ensuring their success through mentorship and other forms of institutional resources.

First-Gen Grad Celebration

Saturday, May 4
We understand how enormous of an accomplishment it is to be the first in your family to graduate, which is why we award first-generation students with a special stole at this ceremony.
Image depicts three Texas State Students posing with the First-Gen Proud graduation stoles
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First-Gen Events

At Texas State we are dedicated to our first generation students by supporting and celebrating their accomplishments. Be sure to look at our upcoming events!

Get Connected

Texas State offers many resources dedicated to serving first-gen Bobcats. Join our student organization, FLIP, or attend community-oriented events.


Learn more about the support we provide for all Bobcats.

First Scholars Network Journey

First Scholars is the third phase of the First Scholars Network and serves as the Center’s customized approach to institutional transformation. Institutions receive a customized approach to transform infrastructure and supports for first-generation student success.
Graphic depicting the four phases of the First Scholars Network Journey