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Being Successful as a First-Generation Doctoral Student

For the purposes of this resource, first-generation doctoral students are those who are the first in their families to pursue a doctoral degree.

Even though you have already completed college degrees, as a first-generation doctoral student, you may still face some barriers to your success -- pursuing a doctoral degree is a completely new experience with unique expectations and requirements. Explore common first-generation doctoral student experiences by clicking on the plus sign buttons in the photo.


If you’ve experienced any of these challenges, that’s okay! This module is designed to provide some strategies you can use to embrace your first-generation status and be successful as a doctoral student.