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Welcome Chapman University First-Gen Panthers! First-Generation Programs supports the academic, social and professional development of first-generation college students. We serve as a resource for first-generation undergraduate students and their families. 

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first person in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment and we are here to support your success. 

First-Generation Programs are open to all first-generation students at any time. 

Jenisty Colón
B.A. Communication Studies & English Literature, Minor in Creative & Cultural Industries, 2022
Promising Futures gave me a community of fellow First-Gen students who share similar stories and backgrounds like me. In terms of my academic endeavor, Promising Futures has stood by my side through all of the ups and downs. With so many resources on campus, it is hard to get off-track with an organization like PFP.
Nicole Williams
B.A. Psychology & Integrated Educational Studies, Minor in Spanish, 2020
For any first-generation college student that is interested in joining an honors society, my advice would be to tap into that resilient mentality that we have and find your passion. These organizations are a great opportunity to meet like-minded, motivated people.
Kayla Velasquez
B.F.A. Television Writing & Production, 2021
I was excited when I learned about the Promising Futures Program because I hoped to find others that shared my experiences and feelings as a first-generation college student. After I attended an event in which first-generation staff and students shared their college experiences, I felt immediately welcomed and knew I had found my community.
Kelsea Beck
B.A. Integrated Educational Studies, Minors in Psychology & Language and Literacy, 2020
My advice to other first-generation students would be to use the resources Chapman provides. Chapman has the most supportive staff and faculty I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They especially love their first-generation college students!
Aaron Chen
B.F.A. Television Writing and Production, Minor in Leadership Studies, 2020
First-generation students have a tendency to be fiercely independent. I encourage current and future first-generation students to seek help when you need it! There is no shame in asking for help. You aren’t at school just to get a degree, you are here to grow, and the faculty, staff, and administrators are here to help you with that journey.
Maria Isabelle Garcia
B.A. Psychology, 2022
Come to some of the spiritually diverse programming at the Fish Interfaith Center. There is a meditation room, sound healing, and labyrinth walks! It is also a great way to meet progressive and accepting people on campus!
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A First-Gen Forward Institution

The Promising Futures First-Generation Program 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.