First in your family? You won’t be alone at Wesleyan! #WesFirstGen

Will you be the first in your family to graduate college? You won’t be alone at Wesleyan. In fact, 13% of our latest freshman class identifies as first-generation college students. We are excited to help you and your family realize this exciting accomplishment!

At Wesleyan, you’ll have the support of our entire community. Here, we celebrate breaking through barriers and paving the way for future generations.

Your journey towards becoming a college graduate begins as soon as you consider applying for admission. That’s why we take a first-generation student’s interest in attending Wesleyan so seriously and promise to help make your process as easy as possible. To start, know we will work with you to make attending Wesleyan an affordable choice! From scholarships to rewarding work study programs across our campus, there are many ways to make attending Wesleyan affordable. Don’t let the sticker-price or worries about student loan debt stand in the way of realizing your dreams. Wesleyan meets the full demonstrated financial need of ALL admitted students and does not require loans for families with incomes less than $120,000 (with typical assets).

“When I arrived at Wesleyan in the 1970s as a first-gen student, I certainly felt confused! But the staff, faculty, and students were all incredibly supportive and I found my time on campus to be a powerful resource for life-long learning. I know that first-generation and low-income students add so much to the vibrancy of a Wesleyan education, and I am confident that this education is a reservoir of learning that they can draw upon for the rest of their lives.” —Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University

Find your way to Wesleyan with our easy-to-use financial aid and campus resources. And get to know First Things First, our First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) student community, to see that you won't be alone at Wesleyan. FGLI students are connected to mentors, community, guidance, and resources as we support you throughout your time at Wesleyan.

Visit our First-Generation website for more information.