Guilford College is excited to welcome and support first-generation college students (FGCS). Being the first to go to college and earn a degree is a big deal — and it deserves to be celebrated! The College's first-generation population is highly valued and includes students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It's also one of the fastest growing populations on campus.
Who Are FGCS? At Guilford College, you're a first-generation college student if neither of your parents have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree. You're still considered first-gen even if you have older siblings who have already attended and graduated from four-year colleges.
What Does FGCS Support Look Like at Guilford? Guilford is committed to increasing access to higher education for first-generation college students — and admission is only the first step. That's why Guilford is dedicated to helping first-gen students feel confident and connected to their college experience. This journey is new to students — and their families. The goal is to show first-gen students that they belong here, and that they're capable of accomplishing their academic and personal goals. The College's dedicated faculty and staff are here to help every student thrive and get the most out of their Guilford experience.