<p>How much does being a first generation particularly help one's application?</p>

<p>I think it can be used to make you stand out from other applicants which always helps. Many colleges proudly publish the percent of first generation students they have admitted. It can be a great essay topic.</p>

<p>^completely agree.</p>

<p>Here are some other threads on it, never hesitate to search for a general question like this, it has probably been asked numerous times (it has): <a href=",or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=2ed7cdad67c2f9f3&biw=1366&bih=598%5B/url%5D"&gt;,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=2ed7cdad67c2f9f3&biw=1366&bih=598&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>