Buckeyes First

First-generation student success matters at Ohio State Marion.

The goal of the Buckeyes First program is to support first-generation student success. We support our first-gen Buckeyes through: 

  • Continuous promotion of a campus culture that values the diversity that all of our students bring 
  • Cultivating an awareness and pride around first generation student culture 
  • Providing a comprehensive support network for first generation students that begins with pre-college initiatives and extends to future alumni engagement/support 

Our Mission 

The Buckeyes First initiative aligns with the university’s mission of preparing a diverse student body to be leaders and engaged citizens. We understand the value in providing access, information, and education to students who identify as first-generation students from year one through the entire academic journey. 

Are you a First-Gen student?

At Ohio State, you are considered a first-generation student if neither parent earned a four-year degree.

Customized Support

The Buckeyes First program provides first-generation students access to:

  • Individualized success coaching, workshops and social events
  • Community building with other first-gen students, faculty and staff
  • Direct contact with program staff for referrals and coordinated care with campus partners

Welcome Week Lunch 

This lunch program brings together first-gen students with staff and faculty with first-gen roots to:

  • Empower you to be confident in your first-generation identity
  • Give you a chance to ask questions and hear from students like yourself
  • Help you start building connections to expand your network of support

National First-GenerationCollege Student Day

In the fall, keep an eye out for celebration details for National First-Generation College Student Day, an annual celebration of first-generation students everywhere! 

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Student Success Programming