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First-Generation Student Success programs work to advocate for and provide resources to the 2000+ first-generation students attending JMU.  We offer networking opportunities, academic workshops, study abroad programs and a space for first-gen students to study, rest, and collaborate.   

First-Gen program resources are located on the second floor of the Student Success Center in the Reddix Center.  If you are a student looking for resources, support or have questions about anything JMU related send the center an email at

Who is a First-Generation Student?

JMU defines “first-generation” as a student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year institution. However, the Reddix Center welcomes any student with limited prior exposure to or knowledge of the college experience. Currently, about 12% of the JMU undergraduate population is considered first-generation.


James Madison University is proud to be a First Scholars institution in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success.

To learn more about national efforts to support First-Gen students visit their website and resources.

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