We are glad you have chosen this university to be your alma mater! As a new member of our community who identifies as either a first-generation (FG) or low-income (LI) college student, we recognize that your transition concerns and needs may looks different from those of your peers.
We encourage you to become familiar with the below first-generation low-income (FGLI) student resources before arriving on campus.
Please note that the university acknowledges that not all first-generation college students are low-income - and - not all low-income college students are first-generation. These spaces and resources have been created to welcome any student who identifies with either distinctive student population.
First-Generation Low-Income Student Support at William & Mary (Advisory Group)
FGLI students at William & Mary are supported by a team of faculty, staff and students from across the university landscape. Meeting monthly, they gather to discuss best practices and find opportunities, like the Mentoring Network, to collaborate on initiatives and projects that support our first-gen low-income students throughout their W&M experience.
FGLI Community Connections (University Outreach & Support)
The Office of Student Transition Engagement Programs coordinates various first-generation and low-income initiatives in partnership with university resources to address both the immediate and long-term success of FGLI students. Their office is currently hiring the university's first-dedicated staff position to support First-Gen/Low-Income Student Persistence.
First Generation Low Income at William & Mary (Student Organization)
This recognized student organization was created to build a community in support of our first-generation, low-income student population at William & Mary. They aim to provide a welcoming, open social space for all identifying FGLI students and allies on campus and connect students to campus resources and staff to help ease the unique anxieties experienced by FGLI students. Their landing page can be viewed by the public.
However, to learn more about the organization, its leadership and activities, you will need to login to TribeLink using your W&M credentials. Lucky for you, setting up your TribeLink account is also on your Tribe Guide Checklist.
Some of the afore-mentioned services will be discussed at length during Orientation. However, these are solid pages to bookmark for future reference.