First Gen Forward


To strive toward making the campus more "first-generation friendly" by developing partnerships between first-generation students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who share similar academic and life experiences by providing support, resources for growth, best practices for recruiting, retention and persistence to graduation, and fostering a sense of self-worth and belonging, through engagement and campus involvement.


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