First-Generation Student Experience

There are many ways to define the term "first-generation." At Arkansas Tech University we define first-generation students as those whose parents or legal guardian did not graduate from a four-year institution. First-generation students may be the very first person in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college.  First-generation students make up approximately one-third of our student body! We also have numerous faculty and staff who were first-generation college graduates!

Whether you're a freshmen starting your college journey or a junior exploring career options, we are here to help you discover your path, take advantage of resources and become a college graduate. Because at Arkansas Tech University, Every Student Counts.

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Help us celebrate all of the First-Generation students at Arkansas Tech University during the National First Generation Student Celebration, November 4-8, 2024. Check out the link below to download an image for your social media. 



Join us November 4-8, 2024 for the National First-Generation College Student Celebration Week!

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Need a little motivation? Check out these success stories from your fellow first-gen students

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