First-Generation College Students

Information for Admitted and Arriving Semester Students

First-generation college students are defined as students whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university. They are often the first in their immediate families to earn a bachelor’s degree. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of college students in the U.S. are first-generation college students.

Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Support is a resource you can use while at DIS; find more information about Academic Resources available here.

Personal Support

Many students experience academic and personal difficulties while working on their degrees. This is due to many reasons including dealing with a new academic system in a new culture, navigating a new culture, pressure to succeed, a change in role, a change in financial situation, romantic relationships, or the first experience abroad. If you feel like you need someone to talk to, reach out to our DIS Care Team.