An online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be

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An Initiative of Strive for College

There's something special about being the first…

…especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I'm First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is a winner of the College Knowledge Challenge, a grant competition sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, College Summit, and King Center Charter School that helped create I'm First!.

Find Colleges

Discover colleges and universities that care about first-gens and tell them you're interested.


Get Help

Find answers to your questions about college. Follow a student blog written by current first-generation college students, receive helpful tips and reminders to keep you on the path to and through college process, and participate in Google+ Hangouts and #FirstGenOfficeHour Twitter Chats on important topics!


Hear Stories

Everyone has a story to tell. Be inspired by stories from first-generation college students and graduates—and share your own.

Do NOT give up on this journey! There are going to be nights when you are homesick. There are going to be days when you feel like maybe you just can’t get out of bed. The work will be hard, but it will be well worth it when you are finally on your way to succeeding and finally becoming what you have put all of your work and effort towards.

– Lysa in Jenson Beach, FL