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First Generation Students

Blaze the Trail for your Family

If you are a first generation college student*, your college experience will be especially exciting for you and your family—from application to graduation. But you may find you have questions about the process of applying and about what to expect in college. We can help.

While you may be the first in your family to attend college, you won’t be alone in blazing that trail at Harvard. About 15% of Harvard students are first generation students (including Harvard’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, William Fitzsimmons). And those who have been first before you have helped create resources and networks to support you at Harvard and beyond.

Harvard First Generation Program

The Admissions Office’s Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) focuses on directing college awareness to future first generation college students. Our HFGP coordinators will provide support and information as you begin to navigate the college application process. Contact us with any questions about admissions, financial aid, or first generation student life at Harvard. We look forward to meeting you!

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*We consider you a first generation college student—or “first-gen” for short—if you will be in the first generation of your immediate family to graduate from a four-year college or the equivalent.