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Undergraduate Admission

First-Generation Student Resources

» Resources for First-Generation Students

You’re considered a First-Generation student if your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) haven’t earned a bachelor’s degree. 

Chapman is proud to provide resources to help First-Generation students succeed in college and become part of an active campus community. 

Below are some specific details about the admission process and key highlights.

Admission Resources for First-Generation Students

  • Roughly 20 percent of Chapman students, as well as many of our admission counselors, are first-gen. If you have questions about Chapman, applying or finding the right college, you can find your counselor here
  • You can also discover Chapman virtually, which is a great way to take virtual tours and meet current students.
  • We also award first-generation scholarships to select students based on academic performance, outstanding leadership in their community and demonstrated financial need.

Incoming First-Generation Students Resources

After you’re admitted we offer multiple opportunities to help you and your family make the transition to college:

  • The First-Generation Summer Bridge program is a three-day, on-campus orientation for incoming first-gen students. 
  • We also host a variety of orientation events to help you and your family get to know Chapman. 
  • Over the summer, we hold Summer Welcome Receptions for incoming students throughout the country.

Visit our Parents and Families of First-Generation Students page for tips and additional resources to help you and your family transition into college life.

Alejandro De Anda
First-generation student
Alejandro found a community at Chapman he can rely on. Read his tips for other students to make connections and thrive. 

Current First-Generation Students Resources

These programs help you excel academically and find a community you can rely on:

  • Promising Futures is a year-round program that supports the academic, professional and social development of first-generation students. Program offerings include monthly academic and professional development workshops, weekly study sessions and first-gen community-building events. 
  • First-Gen mentoring programs are designed to connect you with a dedicated faculty member, staff member or student who will help support you in meeting your academic, professional and social goals. 
  • Financial Assistance: First-Generation students are able to apply for financial assistance to support their academic or professional enrichment through Promising Futures funding or the Marian Wright Edelman First Generation Endowed Scholarship. 

Recent First-Generation Graduates

Vidal Arroyo '19
Vidal earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for up to four years at the University of Oxford in England. His goal is to design artificial intelligence algorithms that can be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Jess Salgado ‘19
Jess was accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program, where she’s worked to help first-gen students succeed in school and enjoy campus life.
Kyle Lee '14
Chapman provided Kyle Lee with a community that encouraged him to explore his interests as an undergraduate and beyond.

Current Students


If you are a current Chapman student looking to learn more about first-gen resources, visit the page for current students.

A First-Gen Forward Institution


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The Promising Futures is proud to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation.

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