First Gen Foward


To work toward making our campus more "first-generation friendly" by developing links between first-generation college students, faculty, and staff who share a similar academic experience.


The First Gen Forward program is designed to assist  Lamar University first-gen students to: (1) build connections on campus for academic success and retention,     (2) learn the skills and strategies they need to succeed in college and beyond and (3) support them through the process of persisting to graduation through mentorship.

What is a first-generation student?

(1) A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree;

(2) A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or

(3) An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent