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First-Generation Programs

First at WSU

Washington State University is a First-gen Forward Institution, recognized for its dedication to serving first‑generation college students. WSU joins the inaugural cohort of 80 universities and colleges across the nation selected by the Center for First‑Generation Student Success, an initiative of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and The Suder Foundation.

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Percentage of first-generation students by campus and academic category.




First-generation Students at WSU - Overall 

  • Everett: 40.9%
  • Global: 37.8%
  • Pullman: 32.2%
  • Spokane: 36.4%
  • Tri-Cities: 44.2%
  • Vancouver: 47.4%


35.6% of WSU students (all campuses, Fall 2020 reports)

56% is the National average 


Every gift to First at WSU goes to support  first-generation student success initiatives. With your donation we are able to increase support to first-generation college students, which make up nearly 36% of WSU's population.

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First-Generation Abroad is WSU's study abroad program designed exclusively for students who are first in their family to attend college. All first-generation students at WSU are invited to participate in this affordable study abroad program.

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