First-Generation Student Resources

You can do this.

At Pacific University, about 24 percent of our undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college. If you will be a first-generation college student, we want to help you make Pacific your home.

Many of our faculty and staff were once in your shoes. They are here to welcome you and help you find your way. Hear from a few of them in the stories below.

Examples of successful first-generation students are one of the most helpful things we can provide to our incoming students. If you are a first-generation college student, share your story using the online form.


Academic advisor Mike Shingle was the first in his family to attend college. Today, he helps other students navigate the college experience and find their own path to success.
About one in four Pacific University students are the first in their family to attend college. US News & World Report recently offered a series of tips for first-generation students to help them navigate their resources.
Use your social networks and ask people questions, says Mike Geraci '91. The first in his family to attend college, Geraci chose Pacific, where he went on to become an associate professor in the Department of Media Arts.