First Generation at Johnson

What is First Generation?

The formal definition of a first generation college student is a student whose caregivers or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree.

At Johnson, we broaden the definition to include someone who is one of the first of one’s siblings in their family to attend college, complete a four-year degree, attend graduate or professional school, or those who identify with the first-gen experience (i.e., someone not having prior exposure to or knowledge of navigating higher education institutions, especially an MBA program).


ODI partners with Student Services, Admissions, the Career Management Center, and Alumni Affairs to offer a variety of services and resources to support first generation students throughout their journey, from applicant, to current student, to alum.

Check out the resources available to first generation and low income students in the sections below.