First Generation

Navigating college and career can be overwhelming, especially if it is new for both you and your family. 

The McCafferty Career Center is dedicated to supporting first generation students in their Career Development.

We recognize and validate the diverse experiences and backgrounds that first-generation bring to the college community.

Below are some resources to help guide you as you explore career interests, build your network, gain experience through multiple opportunities, and get involved on campus.

Emmanuel College defines a First-Generation college student as an individual whose parents/guardian did not complete a four-year college degree. It also includes those with limited experience navigating the academic, financial, and cultural barriers to higher education.

You may be First-Gen if:

  • your parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree
  • you feel unfamiliar with the educational system or college culture
  • you’ve had limited exposure to individuals with college experience
  • your parents or guardians attended college in a different country where the educational system differs from the educational system in the US

If any of this applies to you congratulations! Being a First Generation student is a great honor, but no matter your circumstance, if you identify as a student who needs additional support navigating college the McCafferty Career Center is here to help.

Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 617-975-9104 |

First Generation Student Support Program: In collaboration with a number of campus partners, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leads First-Generation Student Support and Programming.

Learn more about First-Generation Student Support on Instagram and Twitter.

Look out for events and chat with First-Generation Ambassadors at the Center for DE&I.

  • America Needs You – An organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation students by providing mentorship and career development. 
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: “First-Generation Students Need Help in Straddling Their 2 Cultures”
  • CollegeBoard: “What It’s All About and Why it Matters”
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity – A non-profit organization working to expand opportunities for first-generation, minority and low-income students to go to law school.
  • First In The Family – A collection of advice from first-generation college students for other first-generation college students.
  • FirstGen Fellows – A ten-week summer fellowship program for first-generation students who have an interest in social justice. 
  • Funding Opportunities
  • I’m First – A resource that supports and informs first-generation students and their families while starting and navigating college.  
  • U.S. News & World Report: “Tips For First-Generation Students


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Leslie Ferrick McCafferty Career Center
WSC 316
400 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm