First-Generation Students (gFIRST)

The gFIRST (first-generation students) community network seeks to support and advance the outcomes of first-gen college students across the GMS programs.

NEW from The Newbury Center:

Terrier F1RSTS – The First-gen Network

In collaboration with The Newbury Center, BU Connects is excited to announce Terrier F1RSTS – the First Generation Network, a new group for first generation students, alumni, and allies to support each other and share resources.If you are also a Tri-Alpha National Honor Society member, please be sure to check the box under BU Student Organizations and Activities.

Click here to connect!

Newbury Center Launches First-Generation Student Magazine!

The BU Newbury Center published its first volume of Elevate, a 60-page magazine filled with 21 photographs, poems, essays and artwork solicited from first-generation students, faculty and staff. Check it out here!

Upcoming Events


gFIRST Resources

Newbury Center  and Events

RISE First

First Gen NASPA

First-Gen Advising Guide

First-Generation Students Support Group

GMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Terrier F1RSTS Advocate Directory

Hey BU/BU Today: What I Wished I’d Known as a First-Gen Grad Student

Tri Alpha Honor Society

Schedule a meeting with Newbury Center Director Maria Erb by clicking here.

Schedule a meeting with Newbury Center Assistant Director M.C. Damm by clicking here.


*This is not a comprehensive list of resources offered at BU and in the Boston community. For more advice or direction to specific resources, please reach out to one of our staff or faculty mentors

Reach out to our Mentors

Click the profiles below to connect with our gFIRST mentors and learn more about them!