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At the First-Generation Center (FGC) we envision a future where every first-generation student at Governors State University thrives, excels, and achieves their highest potential. Our center is committed to empowering and supporting first-generation students throughout their educational journey while ensuring equitable access to opportunities and resources that promote academic success, personal growth, and professional development.

We strive to foster an environment that values first-generation students' distinctive identities, experiences, barriers, and talents. Our goal is to help students feel a part of a community where they may interact with peers, mentors, and role models who are aware of their unique requirements and goals.

We strive to empower them to become leaders, change-makers, and advocates within their communities, inspiring future generations to pursue their own educational goals.

Who we serve

All current GSU students whose parents or legal guardians have not earned at least a Bachelor's Degree.

What we offer

  • Peer-to-peer support through mentoring
  • Leading Legacies
    • A support group offering for GSU students who are first-generation.  Our objective is to help first-generation students thrive at GovState and be ready for life after graduation by offering them resources and support.
  • Programming to promote the success of first-generation college students at GSU

Office Location: C1321 (Formerly the Center for Junior Year)


9:00AM - 7:00PM


9:00AM - 5:00PM

Questions? Contact us at or 708-235-3300