Does being a first-gen student change anything?

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ccmart
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Does being a first-gen student change anything?

Postby ccmart » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:08 pm

I'm a first-gen URM and I'm wondering if this is viewed as more favorable than if I was URM but not first-gen.

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lebongenre
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Re: Does being a first-gen student change anything?

Postby lebongenre » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:17 pm

You won't see a bump like for being a URM, but it can add an interesting soft factor to your app if you describe your experience in your PS or diversity statement. Berkeley and NYU both have full tuition scholarship programs specifically for first gen students.

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Re: Does being a first-gen student change anything?

Postby Budfox55 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:56 pm

ccmart wrote:I'm a first-gen URM and I'm wondering if this is viewed as more favorable than if I was URM but not first-gen.


Nothing substantive, but I'm sure it helps a little. It might be more of a tie-breaker if a school's on the fence between WLing you or accepting you. I also got a personal email from the dean of admissions at Northwestern about being a First-gen student so it seems like a group that schools try to actively recruit.

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Re: Does being a first-gen student change anything?

Postby mornincounselor » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:59 pm

It didn't get me into any schools my numbers told me I was unlikely to get in to. But I do think that + my work experience (PI) helped me get better than average scholarships at a few schools (ranked mid teens - twenties)




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