First-Generation Student Resources

About 25 percent of our undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college. If you are a first-generation college student, we want to help you make Pacific your home. We have resources to help you succeed!

The First Gen Student Success Association is a student-run club that formed in 2018. This club aims to enhance the academic, social, and professional skills for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Anyone can join! FGSSA provides:

  • Celebration Events in Fall and Spring
  • Social and community events
  • Academic support and mentoring
  • Fun activities and retreats

Pacific University is proud of its advisors who understand and support students who are the first in their family to attend college. Many of our faculty and staff were once in your shoes. They are here to welcome you and help you find your way.

Here is just a small sampling of first-generation staff and faculty at Pacific University:

First Gen Staff/Faculty Department/Area
Aaron Greer Anthropology/Sociology
Alyson Burns-Glover Psychology
Andrea Lybarger Graduate Admissions
Darlene Pagán English
Dawn Salgado Psychology
Don Schweitzer Social Work & Public Health
Donna Ramos Barsana Admissions
Jamie Young Student Counseling Center
Jaye Cee Whitehead School of Social Sciences
Jennifer Hardacker Media Arts
Jennifer Camp Dance
John Miller Provost & VP Academic Affairs
Lesley Hallick Pacific University President
Mike Geraci Media Arts
Mike Shingle Academic & Career Advising
Michael R. Steele English & Handball Coach
Ramona Ilea Philosophy
Tania Hand Undergraduate Admissions
Terry O'Day Art
Uncle Jeff Grundon Undergraduate Admissions

If you see someone in an area you have questions about feel free to contact them! 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.

If you have questions about anything related to first generation students at Pacific University, contact Mike Shingle at mike.shingle@pacificu.edu

Headlines

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.