First Generation Families

Parents and Families

Congratulations on your student being the first member of your family to attend college (“first generation” college student)! Your student may face some unique challenges, however, rest assured that with your support, the resources that Rice offers, and their personal strengths they will be well equipped to handle whatever comes their way. Here are some essential steps that families and supporters can take to ensure that their student makes a smooth transition to college:

  • Follow along with important updates from New Families Orientation to become knowledgeable about the resources available to your student. Family support is fundamental to the academic success of college students.
  • Encourage your student to make copies of all important paperwork. Write down the name, department, date, and comments of the person they speak to when contacting departments on campus with questions.
  • Stay involved and be supportive of this transitional moment for your student; it helps to learn about the process together.
  • Lastly, be patient with one another, especially since this is a learning experience for everyone. You will be learning together.

Even if your student is only a few miles from home or learning virtually from home, they will likely have to devote more time to their life in college. This does not mean that they will lose family values. It is through your support and guidance that your student was able to make it through high school and open up a new chapter of their life here at Rice.

Being a first generation college student is a point of pride. You can take great joy in knowing that your student’s accomplishments are also your shared accomplishments and legacy. The college process can be stressful at times, but this should be an exciting time for both you and your student. Remember to enjoy this experience!