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Taking the First Giant Leap.

First-Gen at Purdue University.

First-generation students are defined as those students that come from families where their parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree.

Every year, Purdue University welcomes thousands of first-generation college students to campus. In fact, in 2019, over twenty percent of our undergraduate students were first-generation. First-gen students bring unique perspectives and insights, and an ever-changing skillset. At Purdue, we aim to foster those skills.

So, what will your giant leap be?


Percentage of undergraduate students at Purdue who are first-generation.


Median GPA of undergraduate first-gen students at Purdue in 2019.

Other Campus Resources

Purdue is home to many other great programs for first-generation students. Check out a few of them by clicking the links below.

First-generation students are at the core of the Purdue mission. Purdue not only changes the lives of first generation students, it changes the lives of their children and grandchildren and on and on.

- John Norberg, Indiana Journalist

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