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Entering college is a time characterized by many changes and challenges, especially for those who are first in their family to attend college. Having a strong support system can make a significant difference in learning to navigate the ins and outs of this new environment. GenerationOne is an affinity group that connects Framingham State students, faculty and staff who are the first in their families to attend college. Our goal is to offer support – academic and social -- as you take this important step towards achieving your future goals! 

What does it mean to be first-generation? 

  • Students who are first in their family to attend college.
  • Students who have parents/guardians who did not graduate from college or who do not have a bachelors degree (even if your siblings have attended college before you, you are still considered a first generation college student).
  • Students whose social networks, including relatives and friends, did not graduate from college.

What types of events does the GenerationOne affinity group hold annually?

  • Black and Gold Beginnings reception – join us for the GenerationOne Reception in CASA during orientation where you can mingle with other G1 students and meet G1 faculty and staff.
  • Engagement Day – stop by our table to pick up your G1 swag items and sign up for our email list.
  • Tabling in the McCarthy Center – at least once a semester, we will have a table in the lobby of the McCarthy Center. Stop by and see what’s happening!
  • Other events: annual ice cream social, documentary screenings, finals study break, and many more!

Interested in getting involved?

  • Join the G1 Planning Committee! We are a student group that works together to plan events for first-generation students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee, email: We meet every other week in CASA!
  • Attend one of our events during the semester! 
  • “Like” us on Facebook, FSU GenerationOne. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, @FSU_G1

Not sure if you are a first-generation college student? Have questions about being a first generation college student? Ask! Email: or visit Academic Success staff in CASA.