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Are you a first generation college student?

A first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. If this is you, congratulations! Attending college is a very proud accomplishment and we celebrate this milestone with you.  RIT’s I’m First program strives to ensure success for students who are the first in their family to attend college. We look forward to supporting you and bringing together the first-generation RIT community!

How We Support You

We bring together a community of people and resources to help meet your needs and lead you to graduation.

  • Opportunities for mentoring.
  • One on one support to assist with navigating the college experience.
  • Educational speaker series.
  • Networking with first generation college students, faculty and staff.
  • Leadership opportunities.
  • Connection to appropriate campus resources.

Why College?

Rising Value of a College Degree
The pay of people with a four-year college degree has risen compared to that of those with a high school degree but no college credit. The relative pay of people who attend college without earning a four-year decree has stayed flat.

Ratio of average hourly pay, compared with pay of people with a high school degree

Rising Value of a College Degree



  1. Complete the application by downloading the PDF file here or stop by our office located in Campus Center 2720.
  2. Set up a meeting with the program Director by stopping by our office, Campus Center 2720 or emailing
  3. Meet with the Director for a program intake and to discuss your level of support. Please be sure to bring your completed I’m First application to this meeting.



Jonathan Ntheketha

For Fall Semester 2017
please contact

Jonathan Ntheketha
Senior Assistant Director First Year Initiatives & Summer Bridge Program