photo of three first generation students

First-Generation College Students

Are you the first one in your family to go to college? Congratulations and welcome!

We define "first-generation" as a student whose parents or guardians have not attended a four-year college or university, as well as others who feel they have very limited knowledge and understanding of the college process. 

Each year, a number of our new undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college. Many of Duquesne's staff and faculty are also first-generation students themselves and/or have worked with many first-generation students.

We know this can be an exciting, and perhaps stressful, time in determining all of the things you need to do to get your application complete, financial aid forms submitted and navigate the university environment. 

  • We work to make Duquesne affordable and are here to help you succeed. We can assist if you have questions about the application, financial aid and enrollment process.
  • We also have programs over the summer, like FAST and Orientation, to help you get acclimated to college life.
  • Once you're here, you'll also have access to many more academic and student support services and resources.
"...going to Duquesne has made all the difference, with the resources and vast support. I believe I'm on the right path" - Brandon Keip

Meet some of our current first-generation students in The Heart of Duquesne Beats for First Generation College Students article in Duquesne University magazine.

Questions? Contact Gabrielle Matich at or 412.396.6206.