Welcome to IWU!

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First Generation Mixer
Christy Cole 16', Cong Vu 17', and Ashley Spain 16' taking a group selfie at the First generation mixer
First Generation Mixer
Professor Meghan Burke (Sociology) and Kim Hill (Communications) completing a bingo sheet at the first generation mixer.
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Darcy Greder (Associate Dean of Students) signing a pledge for first generation students, faculty, and staff.

Are you wondering if you are "first"? People can identify with "first-generation college student" differently, and at IWU we recognize first-generation college students as any student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a four-year degree. 

Here at IWU and at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we honor your unique experiences and are happy to provide guidance as you transition into the college environment. Even though you are the first in your family to attend college, know that you do not have to take this journey alone. Nearly 15% of undergraduate students at IWU are first generation individuals, who we like to call IWU F1RST. Along with our student body, faculty, and staff, this website is committed to answering any of your questions and concerns. 

What you will find here are resources for students who are looking to apply to IWU or have already been accepted. There is also a section dedicated for advice to family members whose children will be first generation. And for the IWU faculty and staff, who would like to know how to assist their first generation students, we have tips for you that explain how to be an IWU First Advocate.

Please feel free to explore the resources available by using the navigation bar above. And if there is anything you'd like to learn more about, you can browse our current IWU First Advocates contact list. Also check out our workshops for first generation students!

We wish you all the best during this exciting, new experience, and we are happy to be your FIRST resource here on campus. Stop by Holmes Hall, room 103 anytime to visit and connect with our office and learn more about what IWU has for you!


Greta Franklin

Office of Diversity and Inclusion