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) or guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree. 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, 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 of America, you are a first-generation college student.

40.4% First-Generation First-Year Students

43% First-Generation Undergraduate Students

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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.

More Information Coming Soon!
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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.