First Generation House

The First Generation House provides an inclusive living environment for Rensselaer students who identify as a first-generation college student and is designed to:

  • Empower students to thrive academically and socially during their first year at Rensselaer
  • Create visibility for first-generation college students at a top-tier research institution
  • Help students successfully navigate their identities at home with family/parents/guardians and on campus within the world of academia

Note: This community is ideal for students whose parents/guardians did not complete a 4 year bachelors program in the United States.

Student Life Adviser
Von Purnell
Assistant Dean, Residential Commons

Faculty Adviser
Susan Smith
Lecturer, Cognitive Science

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