First to FINish

First to FINish is Simmons University's first-generation student support program.

Am I First-Gen?

Simmons considers first-generation students as students whose parents or guardians have not received a four-year degree from the US.

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First-Generation Students at Simmons

On March 3, 2020, Simmons University received First-Gen Forward designation by the Center for First-generation Student Success. Simmons is committed to supporting first-generation students.

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Interested in joining First to FINish?

First to FINish will be hosting events to support first-generation
students and build up the community. If you're interested in being on the email list for these events, or if you have any questions throughout the year, please fill out this form.

First-Generation College Student Facts

  1. 26% of adults with parents who did not obtain a bachelor’s degree completed at least a bachelor’s program (Pew Research Center, 2021).
  2. The median household income for individuals with a parent who obtained a bachelor’s degree is $135,800, which is $36,200 more than adults with no parent with a bachelor’s degree (Pew Research Center, 2021).
  3. Median wealth for households with a parent who obtained a bachelor’s degree is $92,500 more than households with a parent who did not earn a bachelor’s degree (Pew Research Center, 2021).

Resources for First-Generation College Students

Tutoring & Writing

Improve your writing, researching, and reading skills through one-on-one tutoring sessions through the Writing Center! Use strategies offered by professor-recommended tutors to strengthen your knowledge of course material and further develop study skills through the Tutoring Center.

Counseling Center

Staffed with trained professionals, the Counseling Center provides students with resources to support their personal, academic, and social development during their time at Simmons.

Library Services

Explore support services offered by the Simmons Library: Navigating Simmons Guide! Access course materials, meet with a librarian, and get support during your academic career.

REEF Support Center

The REEF Support Center offers support services, such as the SOS Emergency Fund, food access, and violence prevention and survivor protection, to all students.

Other Student Support Resources

Connect with staff members from the Undergraduate Advising Office, Office of Accessibility Services, Student Affairs, and Student Financial Services to learn more about Simmons resources.