Promising Futures Program

First-Generation College Students

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Chapman faculty and staff, your support is key to the success of all students, and especially students who are the first in their family to go to college! This page contains resources to assist you in your work with first-generation college students at Chapman University. Being first-generation is an invisible identity. If you find through your conversations and interactions with a student that he or she is first-generation, you will come to recognize that first-generation students have unique experiences, especially as they transition to the university environment. It is a wonderful source of pride for these students to be the first in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree. If you have any questions on how to support first-generation college students at Chapman, please feel free to contact Dr. Nina LeNoir or Crystal De La Riva.

Resources for Advising First-Generation College Students:

+ - Select Research Focusing on the Experiences of First-Generation College Students

*please note this is not a comprehensive list

Choy, S. P. (2001). Students whose parents did not go to college: Postsecondary access, persistence, and attainment. (NCES 2001-126). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics.

Dennis, J. M., Phinney, J. S., & Chuateco, L. I. (2005). The role of motivation, parental support, and peer support in the academic success of ethnic minority first-generation college students. Journal of College Student Development, 46 (3), 223-236.

Folger, W. A., Carter, J. A., & Chase P. B. (2004). Supporting first-generation college freshman with small group intervention. College Student Journal, 38 (3), 472-476.

Hartig, N., & Steigerwald, F. (2007). Understanding family roles and ethics in working with first generation college students and their families. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 15(2), 159-162.

Inkelas, K. K., Daver, Z. E., Vogt, K. E., & Leonard, J. B. (2007). Living-learning programs and first generation college students’ academic and social transition to college. Research in Higher Education, 48 (4), 403-433.

Lohfink, M. M., & Paulsen, M. B. (2005). Comparing the determinants of persistence for first-generation and continuing-generation students. Journal of College Student Development, 46 (4), 409-428.

McCarron, G. P., & Inkelas, K. K. (2006). The gap between educational aspirations and attainment for first-generation college students and the role of parental involvement. Journal for College Student Development, 47 (5), 534-549.

Pascarella, E. T., Pierson, C. T., Wolniak, G. C., & Terenzini, P. T. (2004). First-generation college students: Additional evidence on college experiences and outcomes. Journal of Higher Education, 75 (3), 249-283.

Ramos-Sánchez, L., & Nichols, L. (2007). Self-efficacy of first-generation and non-first-generation college students: The relationship with academic performance and college adjustment. Journal of College Counseling, 10 (1), 6-18.

Rodriguez, S. (2003). What helps some first-generation students succeed? About Campus, 8 (4), 17-22.

Somers, P., Woodhouse, S., & Cofer, J. (2004). Pushing the boulder uphill: The persistence of first-generation college students. NASPA Journal, 41 (3), 418-435.

Strayhorn, T. L. (2006). Factors influencing the academic achievement of first-generation college students. NASPA Journal, 43 (4), 82-111.

Ting, S. R. (2003). A longitudinal study of non-cognitive variables in predicting academic success of first-generation college students. College and University, 78 (4), 27-31.

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For general questions the Promising Futures Program and first-generation student resources,
contact us at:

Program Coordinator
Crystal De La Riva, M.A.

Dr. Nina LeNoir – Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education:

Crystal De La Riva – Program Coordinator for the Promising Futures Program and Academic Advisor: