About ImFirst.org

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ImFirst.org is an online community founded by Center for Student Opportunity (now Strive for College; read about the merger here) in 2013 to provide first-generation college students—and those who advise them—with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.

There’s something special about being first. The first in flight, first man on the moon, and the first African-American president. First kisses, first impressions, first place. Being among the first in your family to attend and graduate from college is special too.

It’s time we celebrate first-generation college students. ImFirst.org is collecting YouTube video stories from first-generation college graduates—and students who will be—to inspire and offer advice to the next generation of students who will be first.

Also featuring tools and resources to support aspiring first-generation college students on the road to college, ImFirst.org is the community to turn to for students who need help reaching this goal, those who have achieved it, and those who support these students along the way.


ImFirst.org was created for you. A community of peers and others who care about first-generation college students, ImFirst.org offers camaraderie and support on your college journey. Here you can research colleges while you ask questions and get answers to all things college. We also encourage you to watch stories from first-generation college graduates and invite you to share your own.

Student Supporters:

ImFirst.org is an invaluable source of information to help anyone who advises first-gen students on the road to college. Here you can research colleges, follow the student blog,  watch “I’m First!” stories and share your own, and stay abreast of the latest news, updates, and information from ImFirst.org.


ImFirst.org and partnership with CSO offer an opportunity to build awareness of your institution and its efforts on behalf of first-generation college students, showcase stories from your first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and directly reach prospective first-generation college-bound students.


We invite organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals to help us bridge the divide between leading institutions of higher education and those who most need college guidance, preparation, and admissions assistance by becoming a donor.