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College Shows Commitment to First-Generation Students

February 18, 2014
More than 40 percent of Keene State freshmen are first in their families to attend
More than 40 percent of Keene State freshmen are first in their families to attend

Keene State College Joins “I’m First” Program Aimed at Supporting First-Generation College Students

Keene State College is now a College Partner in the “I’m First” program, which is an online community founded by the Center for Student Opportunity that supports students who are first in their families to attend college. “I’m First” recognizes colleges with above average retention and graduation rates that also are committed to supporting first-generation students through campus programs. More than 40 percent of first-year students are first-generation students at Keene State, which has had a long-standing commitment to first-generation students.

“A college career paves the way for a successful future and greater earning potential. As a first-generation college student myself, I can personally attest to the life-changing impact college has had for me, and for many people I have had the privilege to know because of my choice to attend college and then continue my studies,” said Dr. Anne Huot, Keene State College President. “At Keene State College, we believe that if a student is prepared to work hard and has the aptitude for real academic challenge, they deserve the opportunity to earn the degree they feel will best serve them. In many cases, that means providing extra campus support for students whose family may be navigating the process of completing college for the first time. We are absolutely committed to helping these families.”