First-Generation College Students

Many new students at Purdue Calumet are first-generation college students, which simply means neither parent went to college and earned a degree.   By being the first in your family to attend college, you are in the company of a lot of new freshmen on campus.  You are certainly not alone!

You may feel unprepared for a university environment because you don’t have family members who can “clue you in” on what college is really like or understand how much time and effort it actually takes.  And that’s perfectly normal.  College is different from high school with higher expectations, a more diverse culture, and unfamiliar policies and procedures.  That doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in college (otherwise you would not have been admitted) – it just means you need to know what to expect and how to navigate this new college environment.

Learn how college is different from high school (link opens in this window).

Check out these helpful resources and tips to take some of the anxiety out of the “unknown” and hear in their own words the experiences of other first-generation college students from across the nation.

Resources and Tips (link opens in this window)

Additional Resources: New students in the Center for Learning and Academic Success (CLAS) will receive weekly messages in the “Personal Announcements” section of the myPUC portal.  Look for study tips, life skills, and general reminders throughout your first and second semesters at Purdue Calumet.

You will also find many useful tips and links on the CLAS Facebook page.  To find us on Facebook, just type “Center for Learning and Academic Success – Purdue Calumet” in the Facebook search box and like our page.  If you have general questions, feel free to post them and we’ll answer promptly – usually within 24 hours.

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Purdue Calumet and higher education in general have terms and acronyms you may not be familiar with.  View a Purdue Calumet “dictionary” (link opens in this window).  Someday you’ll have to take your CODO form to the ESC… or need to know a CRN to web register for a course… what’s that all about? Learn the lingo and crack the code!

If you have questions and don’t know where to get answers, here are some additional resources (all of the following links open in this window):

  • A brief list of campus resources with some of the top questions freshmen have.
  • Check out the current student web page, which can direct you to many campus resources and departments.

Your academic advisor is an excellent source of information and encouragement, too.  Don’t forget to take advantage of their expertise in helping you succeed at Purdue Calumet!