Boilermaker F1RSTS

at Purdue University

First-Gen at Purdue University.

First-generation students are defined as those students that come from families where their parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree.

Every year, Purdue University welcomes thousands of first-generation college students to campus. In 2023, approximately 15% of Purdue undergraduate students self-identified as first-generation. First-gen students bring unique perspectives and insights, and an ever-changing skillset. At Purdue, we aim to foster those skills.

So, what will your giant leap be?

First-Gen Forward

In 2019, NASPA’s Center for First Generation Student Success designated Purdue as a First Gen Forward institution. Learn more about our designation and how to get involved by using the link below.

Learn more about the First-Gen Forward initiative
First Gen Forward logo, motto is center for first-generation student success

First-generation students are at the core of the Purdue mission. Purdue not only changes the lives of first generation students, it changes the lives of their children and grandchildren and on and on.

- John Norberg, Indiana Journalist

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

© 2018 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Student Success Programs

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact  Student Success Programs at