Campus Resources

Center for Access and Success The purpose of The Center is to help students from all backgrounds to have access to and succeed in higher education. We serve individuals in our Elon University community and our surrounding communities from pre-K to adults through our current initiatives: It Takes a Village Project, Elon Academy, Odyssey Program, and First-Generation Student Support Services.

First Generation Support Services supports students who are among the first members of their families to attend college. Through this initiative, first-generation college students engage in a number of academic and social programs to promote students’ transition to and through college. The initiative’s goal is to create a culture where the first-generation community feels supported, empowered, and celebrated throughout Elon University’s campus.

First-Generation College Faculty & Staff at Elon directory. Connect with faculty and staff at Elon who identify as first-generation.

Job and Internship Sites

FirstGEN Fellows

The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program, or FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice. Our mission is to identify and support first generation college students as they emerge into tomorrow’s leaders.


Other Career/Workplace Resources

America Needs Your (ANY)

The Fellows Program is a two-year program that empowers low-income, first-generation college students with the tools they need to graduate college, succeed in their careers, and compete at the highest level by providing one-on-one mentorship, intensive career development, robust networks, and holistic support.

Center for First-Generation Success

The Center is the premier source of evidence-based practices professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students

First in the Family—Your College Years

Five Success Tips for First-Generation College Students – Best Colleges

How to be Successful as a First-Generation College Student: US News and World Report

I’m – An online community celebrating first-generation college students

rise first

A site created and run by first-generation students and professionals working with the organization’s founder, Cindy Rentala, to develop a comprehensive online platform that empowers first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students and professionals. Includes a curated collection of 1200+ scholarships, a calendar of conferences and events, a success roadmap and more.