First Generation Success


Students always come first at Kennesaw State. Many times, these students also come to Kennesaw as the first in their families to attend college. While we strive to unleash the potential of all our students, KSU is being recognized more frequently as a leader in helping these first-generation students find success.

The most recent recognition came from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - and The Suder Foundation, which designated KSU as a First Forward institution, making us one of only 80 schools nationwide to share best practices for helping first-generation students succeed in college and beyond.

This designation reflects some of the effective initiatives for first-generation students conducted by KSU's University College and the Division of Student Affairs. Whether first-generation students take advantage of a living-learning community, student organizations or scholarship programs, they can benefit from elements KSU has designed specifically for them. Since more than one-third of our student-body are first-generation students, it is more important than ever that these resources are in place and accessible to help them succeed.

Becoming a First Forward institution allows us to build on the successes we have already established. The First Forward campus liaisons at KSU, Natasha Lovelace Habers and Shameka Wells, will lead the way as we champion first-generation success initiatives.

The first generation in a family to earn a college degree changes the trajectory of that family forever. KSU is striving to set the standard for first-generation student success and be a model for our peer institutions.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten