First Generation, First Step

Are you the first in your family to go to college?

If so, we would like to introduce you to the many resources and opportunities available to you on campus. Join with other first-generation college students in taking a behind-the-scenes look at how the University works. Members of the First Generation, First Step Programming Community will learn how to navigate Penn and understand the keys to succeeding both in and out of the classroom. You will connect with students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-generation and meet people from offices all across campus who can help you during your college years.

Contact: Ebonish Lamar, Fisher Hassenfeld College House Dean,

To Apply to this Program: 

Submit an online housing application(link is external) and list this program as one of your top two choices. You're required to submit an essay as part of the Residential Program application process. Follow the essay prompt as indicated in the application. The essay questions are: Explain your interest and activities related to the program, the contributions you expect to make to the community, and the benefits you hope to derive from membership.

You can also visit the Program Community page for additional information.