I’m First! is a community supporting first-gen students

There’s something special about being first. The first in flight, first man on the moon, and the first African-American president. First kisses, first impressions, first place.

Being among the first in your family to attend and graduate from college is special too.


I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college and is now an initiative of Strive for College—a national nonprofit that also runs a national online mentoring program for college-bound students.

Encourage & Inspire

Hear inspiring stories from first-gen students and grads on, share your own, and read our first-gen student blog.

Best-Fit College

Join Strive’s online platform and connect with colleges that offer special programs and support specifically for first-gen students.

Get Free Mentoring

Get a FREE mentor to answer your questions about college, and receive guidance through the admissions process.

@sarayelich @LifeAtPurdue We'd love to connect with someone at Purdue to learn more about their efforts for #firstgen students and how we can get them in partnership! The more the merrier!


“Do NOT give up on this journey! There are going to be nights when you are homesick. There are going to be days when you feel like maybe you just can’t get out of bed. The work will be hard, but it will be well worth it when you are finally on your way to succeeding and finally becoming what you have put all of your work and effort towards.”

Lysa in Jenson Beach, FL