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First Generation College Students

Who is a First Generation College Student?

You are a First Generation college student if neither of your parents/legal guardians completed a bachelor’s degree, regardless of siblings and other relatives. This website provides information to help first generation students find university resources and navigate college expectations.

Questions? Contact First Generation Student Specialist Mario Porras, 785-670-1941.

Find answers to your questions on our First Generation Student Resource Guide.

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  • Small class sizes are ideal for First Generation students who are often hesitant to ask for help.
  • Washburn faculty are student-focused and provide a strong support system for First Generation students.
  • The First Generation Mentor program will connect students with alumni and community members who can help broaden students’ academic and professional networks.
  • Washburn was founded on the principle that all people – regardless of family income, race, ethnicity, or gender – have the right to earn an education.

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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