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First Generation Information Session

Who is a First Generation Student?

At College of DuPage, students are considered "First Generation" if one or both of their parents/legal guardians:

  • Did not attend a four-year college/university.
  • Attempted some college, but did not complete a bachelor's degree.
  • Attended a community college, a technical school, or an institution in another country.
  • Did attend college, but you (the student) have lived away from them for more than half of your life.
  • You are an adult student (20+) and you meet one of the above.

5 tips for a new First Generation Student starting at College of DuPage

  1. The best way to learn about the process and opportunities at College of DuPage is to attend the three First Generation events. These sessions build off of each other. However, if you miss one, feel free to join us at the next session we are offering at College of DuPage.
  2. Stay in contact with your Admissions Representative. We are here to help you every step of the way! 
  3. Ask questions! Making assumptions can cause you to miss out on a great opportunity!
  4. Take pride in being a First Generation student! Don't let the pressure stress you out. Build your support system on campus from the very beginning. 
  5. DO NOT procrastinate. It may affect your financial options and your course selection.

First Generation Student Series

Starting college can seem intimidating for first-generation students whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student. We understand the process can seem complicated and that students may struggle to know where to begin, what questions to ask, and who to ask for help. This session will give students an introduction to College of DuPage, the admission process and general college information.

Upcoming Dates

What You Will Learn

This session will explain the difference and misconceptions between:

  • A university and a community college
  • Transfer vs track to join the workforce
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • How ACT/SAT test scores, high school diploma, GED and foreign high school credentials are used for admission

A confirmation email with instructions on how to join the session will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form.

A note for parents & guardians: we encourage you to register for the event using your own name and email address. Please DO NOT use a combination of your students name and a parent email address. This will cause setbacks to your student's application.


All Information Sessions hosted at College of DuPage are free.


Learn more about the First Generation Series events at College of DuPage by contacting the Office of Admissions & Outreach at