Resources for Advising First-Generation Students at Williams

At Williams College we define “First Generation” as anyone who will be the first in his or her family to graduate from a four-year college or university in the United States. The average enrollment of First Generation students is about 16%.

Williams College First Generation Initiatives

A series of initiatives that engage first generation students at Williams offering students the educational resources and support needed in order to have a successful transition into the college environment. There will be many more events and programs that occur through out the year in collaboration with other offices and departments at the college.


  • The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success, Davis, 2010, description
  • The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First-Generation College Students, Housel & Harvey, 2010, description
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