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    Helping First-Generation College Students Achieve Endless Possibilities

    The University joined with colleges across the country to celebrateNational First-Generation College Student Day. From left: Shanon Murphy Fennie, Guide Peer Mentors Kayla Abcede and Ashley Walker.
    January 26, 2022
    By: Shannon Murphy Fennie, Assistant Dean of Students

    This is an excerpt of an article from AJCU's Connections

    Frequently, I ask students why they chose The University of Scranton. Unfailingly, they mention the strong sense of community, proximity to family and friends, a wide array of majors offered, or amazing food on campus. Many will also share how their Scranton education is transformational. However, for one group of students, their Scranton education is not just personally transformative, but life-changing for their entire family.

    First-generation college students (sometimes referred to as “first-gen” students) are the first in their family to attend a four-year college or university in the U.S. First-gen students make up 22 percent of the undergraduate student body at Scranton. To meet the diverse needs of our first-gen students and foster their success at Scranton, we launched the THR1VE program in 2019. In the spirit of cura personalis, THR1VE programming celebrates and supports first-generation students throughout their time at the University.

    Continue reading in Connections, here.

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