Survey for First Generation College Students
17 - 26
27 - 36
37 - 46
47 - 56
57 - 66
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian (including Indian subcontinent)
Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander
Latino or Hispanic (A person who identifies with or is of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin)
Non-Hispanic (Any possible options not covered in the above category)
Please indicate your current college education level.
If you went to college but didn't graduate, please select "Not in college."
Not in college
Please select your parent/guardian's highest level of education.
Please select for parent with highest level of education.
Elementary School (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)
Middle School (5th Grade - 8th Grade)
High School (9th Grade - 12th Grade)
College - did not graduate
Graduated from college
Please list anyone in your family that has attended college, including your relationship to them, and the highest degree they attained. If no one in your family has attended college, please write N/A.
Example: 1. Aunt - Bachelor's degree
How would you describe your family's economic status?
What factors influenced your decision to attend college? Please check all that apply.
Parents/guardians encouraged higher education
Siblings encouraged higher education
Friends encouraged higher education
A majority of hometown friends were/are going to college
I was self-motivated to attend college
Who motivated, encouraged, guided and/or supported you the most in your decision to go to college?
High school teacher/counselor
Check any significant barriers you faced during your application process.
High school counselor or teacher attitudes about my potential
Lack of opportunity
Distance from home/family
Lack of information about college (financial aid availability, required documents, etc)
My first few weeks of college I..
felt out of place/awkward/alone
felt like I belonged immediately
connected closely with one other student
connected closely with more than one other student
connected closely with one professor/faculty member
connected closely with more than one professor/faculty member
Currently at college I..
If you have already graduated college, reflect on your experience. How would you describe how you felt as an undergraduate?
feel out of place/awkward/alone
feel like I belong
have one friend I feel closely connected to
have more than one friend I feel closely connected to
have one professor/faculty member I connect closely with
have more than one professor/faculty member I connect closely with
How was your experience of making friends at college?
How easy or difficult was it to connect with a faculty or staff member?
Did your college provide any support for you as a first generation student?
Did you attend any pre-college programs through your high school, college, or separate organization that were specifically to help you prepare for and/or apply to college?
If you did attend a pre-college program, how helpful did you find the experience?
What kinds of support, information, or services would you have found most helpful during your freshman year of college? Choose all that apply and feel free to add additional ideas.
What type of support programs would you attend if offered at your school? Choose all that apply and feel free to add additional ideas.
Study Skills Workshops - Information on how to study for exams, tips to do well in certain courses, resources available for coursework help.
Career Development - Information on how to find internships, networking events, resume and cover letter review, career panels.
Academic Guidance - Information on how to choose courses, choosing a major and/or minors, help with graduate school and post-graduate program applications.
Community Service - Get involved with the campus’ surrounding community
Financial Health and Financial Aid - Information on managing student loan debt, managing finances generally, finding scholarships, and funding study abroad or other summer programs.
Social Activities - Informal parties with free food, attending on-campus events like plays, sporting events, performances and cultural attractions
Peer Support Group: informal meetings/discussions with other first-generation college students
Discussions with professors or staff who were first-generation college students
Tutoring - ensuring you’re academically prepared for college-level courses
What kinds of information would you find helpful online for first generation college students?
If a non-profit organization came to your school to support first generation college students, which method would you find the most helpful?
A one-time seminar during orientation for first generation students
Monthly meeting of a support group over dinner with first generation students
A one-time workshop for faculty/staff
How did you find out about this survey?
Class Action website
A friend or family member recommended it
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