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Be a part of GenerationOne!

Are you the first in your family to go to college? If so, the GenerationOne Living Learning Community at Virginia Tech is a place where you can share the unique triumphs and challenges of navigating college life as a first-gen student with others!

Currently located in Pritchard Hall (new location of the renovated Slusher Tower starting Fall 2024), this welcoming community is open to all first-generation students. This community features programming and a course that celebrates the first-gen identity. We aim to create community, promote lifelong learning, welcome diverse ideas, instill values, and cultivate a strong academic identity.

A side view of Pritchard Hall from the perspective of Dietrick Hall, with the building outlined by bright blue sky.
A student is identified as a first-generation college student if neither parent or guardian has earned a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university.
  • Uniting students around the shared identity of being a first-generation college student
  • Connecting students to an in-residence professional and student staff who share these interests and are committed to engaging students and developing sustained relationships with them
  • Connecting an academic and social community that functions as a multidimensional support network for students
  • Connecting students with programs and people that will support their success at Virginia Tech
  • A dedicated peer mentor to help you navigate your first year of college
  • Student success workshops and ambassadors to develop a student success plan and help you sharpen your academic success skills
  • Increase your social and academic confidence
  • Participation in community service that engages you with the campus and local community
  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
  • Must be a first-generation college student
  • All GenerationOne first-year students are expected to enroll in a one-credit History course, HIST 2984: History of the First-Generation Student Identity. The section is scheduled to meet weekly on Thursdays 5-6:15 p.m., please do not schedule other courses or work during this time. Please ask your advisor for help with registering for this course during orientation.
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