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Be a part of GenerationOne!

Did either of your parents or guardians complete a bachelor's (4-year or higher) degree at any college or university? If not, then YOU are a first-generation student! As a First-Generation student, the GenerationOne Living Learning Community at Virginia Tech is a place where you can share the unique triumphs and challenges of navigating college life with your first-generation peers.

Currently located in Slusher Tower, 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.

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Slusher Tower
Slusher Tower
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 hour course in their first semester. This course will focus on Academic Engagement, Understanding Research, and Self-Authorship to support first-year GenerationOne students in taking ownership of their Virginia Tech experience. Please ask your academic advisor for help with registering for this course during advising & registration.

For additional information on First-Generation Student Success: