First Generation?

<p>What does that mean?</p>

<p>And when your applying does it affect anything what so ever?</p>

<p>Someone told me i was first generation since i was born in 91 - december and am a junior in hs?</p>

<p>Idk so confused and i know this is a dumb question</p>

<p>"First generation" means that you are the first person in your family to go to college. (e.g. your parents, grandparents, etc. didn't go to college.) Unless this "someone" was talking in a different sense...?</p>

<p>Oh my mom went to college ...St. Peters but my dad went to college in india</p>

<p>and neither were born here either</p>

<p>That's also "first generation" -- someone with immigrant parents. I don't know if that helps you in the college process, but I doubt it (unless you're able to show that having immigrant parents helped broaden your view or something similar).</p>

<p>By first person in family to go to college, that excludes sisters and brothers right?</p>

<p>My sisters went to college, but parents didn't. I'm still first gen?</p>

<p>Asianpride, that is right. Both you and your sister are from the same generation, and also the first generation from your family to go to college. You would both be considered first generation students.</p>

<p>Thanks Justlookin.</p>

<p>Does anyone happen to know how much that affects admissions chances, if at all?</p>

<p>Would I be considered first generation if my mother never finished high school, but my dad attended a pretty prestigious Vietnamese Buddhist university in Saigon? (He studied economics though.) He never finished, partly because all of his teachers were getting arrested. The school doesn't exist anymore. Going to college in Vietnam didn't really help my father with jobs in the US. Anyways, just pondering, since some of my schools take in first generation students when evaluating applications.</p>

<p>Going back to the OP's question, first generation, from what I've heard, means you're the first person in your immediate family (including grandparents) to go to college. I haven't heard it defined from someone who really "knows," either.</p>

<p>Would D be considered first generation if Mom went to one year of community college (no degree) and father has a degree from an online college which gave 1/2 of the credits for work experience?</p>

You are not "first generation" if your parents have a degree from another coutry. Otherwise 50% of children of Harvard faculty would be "first generation". And kids of Oxford graduates would be "first generation" as well. lol
First generation means that your parents do not have a college degree. Foreidn degrees are accepted in US. Even if they are from third-world countries.</p>