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First Generation Students

What is a first generation student?

Did either of your parents complete a four-year college degree?
If not, YOU are a first generation student.

The faculty and staff at Virginia Tech recognize that first generation students can face challenges throughout the college application process – challenges that students whose parents completed college degrees do not encounter when applying to colleges.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is here to serve first generation students and families. We want to see the first generation community grow at Virginia Tech. In fact, first generation status is one of the holistic review factors we consider when reviewing applications for admissions.

We hope that these First Generation Student webpages will be helpful as you navigate the college search process and explore Virginia Tech:

  • Prepare for College – Learn about steps you can take (as early as freshman year of high school) to prepare for college.
  • Apply to Virginia Tech – Become familiar with Virginia Tech’s application processes for admissions, financial aid, and other opportunities on campus.
  • Transition to Virginia Tech – Your to-do list doesn’t end with your offer of admission! Follow this checklist to finalize your enrollment and prepare for your first semester at Virginia Tech.
  • Succeed at Virginia Tech – We want you to have the best possible start to your Virginia Tech experience, so we’ve provided some tips and recommendations for your first week, month, and semester on campus.
  • Family Resources – Parents and families are a huge part of the college process, from the college search to college graduation. Take advantage of these resources and stay active in your student’s Virginia Tech experience!
  • VT Offices and Resources – Virginia Tech is a big place with lots of resources. Visit this page for a list of offices and resources that are important for new and incoming students and their families.
  • VT Terminology – Hokies have a language of our own! Check out this page for Virginia Tech terms and definitions.

Even after reviewing all of this information, we know you’ll have questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us! (Our contact information is provided on the right.)

As you have questions, please contact:

Kayla Anders
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
(540) 231-7419

Kayla St. Clair
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
(540) 231-9334