First Generation

For students who identify as First Generation college students in their family, our SBS Academic Fellows program and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) are important programs. Details about AFP, CMASS, and additional resources can be accessed below.

Think You Can’t Afford to Do a Summer Internship? Apply for funding now, then search for an internship – knowing you’ll have up to $6000

You know you need an internship to get the hands-on experience employers expect from college graduates. But how can you afford to do that when you need to make money this summer?

SBS wants you to pursue your interests and …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Connect UMass First-Generation Students and Alumni Group Launch

UMass is creating a way for current first-generation students to connect with first-generation alums through Connect UMass.

Join us on Wednesday, November 10th at 4pm via Zoom to launch this project. For more information, watch this video.


By Adrian Grace
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Resume Writing: Hyping Yourself Professionally

Resume writing is an essential skill everyone needs because we all need to apply for a job at some point in our lives. Resumes are also important for scholarships, internships, grad school, study abroad, etc. As a college student, you …

By Konah Brownell
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Student Success Stories

Featured Resources

Students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university work hard to get there, and …

These texts explore the unique challenges of those students who identify as “first-gen,” i.e., those whose parents do not have …