Unique Challenges of College-Bound First-Generation Students

Unique Challenges of College-Bound First-Generation Students First-generation (FG) college students, or students whose parents have not earned a four-year degree, face unique challenges. Nearly half of the FG student population is low-income. Many of them belong to a racial or ethnic minority group. They are also susceptible to feelings of guilt, isolation, and distress when […]

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Questions Parents Should Ask on College Tours with Their Children

Questions Parents Should Ask on College Tours with Their Children The transition from home to college can be exciting as well as stressful  for parents and their college-bound children. So much is unfamiliar and unknown for both generations. For parents and students, participating in campus tours is one of the best ways to placate worries […]

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What are the Advantages of Attending an HBCU School?

What are the Advantages of Attending an HBCU School? Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have been providing quality education to students of color for nearly 150 years. They produce almost 20% of all African American college graduates and 25% of African American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the critical […]

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A Special Christmas Poem for Counselors

A Special Christmas Poem for Counselors In the spirit of the holidays, here is a poem about the big application push for high school seniors- and about the significant role counselors have during this time. Enjoy! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Students wrote applications, with keyboard and mouse, The essays […]

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Proud First-Generation Graduates Share Their Success Stories

Proud First-Generation Graduates Share Their Success Stories Working with first-generation students presents educators and counselors with unique challenges and potentially great rewards. While the enrolment rate of first-generation students in the U.S. is rising gradually, their retention and graduation rates are dismal and stagnant. Nearly 90% of low-income, first-generation students don’t graduate on time. The dropout rate […]

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What are the HBCU Schools in Each Region of the U.S.?

What are the HBCU Schools in Each Region of the U.S.? There are about 105 HBCUs in the U.S. Although they make up just 3% of America’s colleges and universities, they produce nearly 25% of all African American graduates and 20% of all black graduates in STEM fields. In addition to their rigorous curriculum, affordable tuition fees, […]

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How Parents of First-Generation Students Can Encourage Their Children to Go to College

How Parents of First-Generation Students Can Encourage Their Children to Go to College Encouraging your students to strive for college can be especially challenging if their parents are from a non-collegiate culture. You may encounter attitudes ranging from a disregard of education or fear of the unknown to reluctant acceptance or enthusiastic cooperation.  Regardless, the […]

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Encouraging First-Generation Americans to Go to College

Encouraging First-Generation Americans to Go to College It is not unusual for first-generation students to face a number of obstacles that can discourage them from pursuing their college dreams. And it can be a challenging task to counsel and encourage these children and their families to overcome what may be formidable financial, social, and psychological […]

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3 Great Ways to Encourage Students to Pursue a STEM Education

3 Great Ways to Encourage Students to Pursue a STEM Education Job Opportunities One of the most exciting aspects of a STEM education is the job opportunities that follow. Whether a student aspires to end world hunger or just wants to play with some really cool, high-tech gadgets, a STEM education can help them get […]

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