Office of Undergraduate Education
First-Generation Student Initiatives (FGSI) collaborates with diverse campus and community partners to provide support through co-curricular programming for first-generation students. FGSI was created to build community, strengthen well-being, develop leadership, cultivate academic success, and foster retention and graduation among Georgia Tech’s first-generation and limited income students. In addition, FGSI works to:
- Raise awareness of the needs and experiences of first-generation college students
- Connect first-generation college students with their peers, faculty, and staff with the goal of building community.
What is a First-Generation Student?
A student is defined as first generation if neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at a four-year college or university in the U.S. More specifically, students are first-generation if both parents have less than a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) OR one parent has less than a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and the education level of the second parent is unknown or missing.
First-Gen Jackets Peer Mentoring Program
The goal of the program is to assist first-generation students who seek one-on-one support and guidance throughout their first year.
First-Generation College Celebration Week
A week of events, during the month of November, that celebrate the identity and experiences of first-generation students.
First-Generation College Institute (FGCI)
FGCI is a state-wide, summer initiative at Georgia Tech designed to expand Georgia Tech’s existing PreK-12 STEM programs.
GT F1RST iGniTe track
A track designed for specifically for First-Generation students in the Summer First-Year iGniTe program.
First-Generation Recognition Ceremony
(more details to come!)
Dr. Charmaine Troy
Dr. Charmaine Troy is Georgia Tech’s Associate Director of First-Generation Student Initiatives. She is responsible for the continued expansion of services to first-generation students, embedding these services within the fabric of the Institute.
Phone number: 404-894-5704