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Counseling and Advising for First-Generation Students

While you might be the first person in your family to attend college, you don’t have to take on this new life experience alone. There is a world of opportunity and assistance available for first-generation students at COD.

Attend the First-Generation Group

The First-Generation (First-Gen) Group is for first-generation students who are experiencing a mix of feelings while attending COD, unsure of the next steps to take throughout the semester or for students who want to meet other first-generation students.

The First-Gen Group can help you connect with other first-generation students, give you a platform to ask questions and build your support team on campus. Scholarship information will be shared during the Zoom event.

Thursday, Nov. 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join the Zoom Session

What Is It Like To Be a First-Generation Student?

There is increased pressure as a first-generation student – you want to do well, make your family proud and pave the way for future members of your family. Being a first-generation student is a big accomplishment. 

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services can help guide you throughout your time at COD. Counselors and advisors can help you with academic advising, career counseling and personal counseling. 

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
Phone: (630) 942-2259
Email: Ask a counselor or program advisor a quick question
  • Main Campus Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • COD Centers Hours

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