Welcome, First-Gen Students


We’re glad that you are here! You’ve landed the right place to connect with other first-gen students! Over 1/4 of our students identify as first-generation college students.

You are the first among your family members to attend college. Being a first-generation student is a proud accomplishment and a growth for your family. The first-gen support service is committed to supporting you, and the College of St Benedict and St John’s University are honored that you chose us for your college career.

We would like to let you know that you are not alone in this college journey. Our first-gen support services and First-Gen Organization provide a variety of mentoring and programs for our amazing first-gen students:

Programs and events tailored for first-gen students

Peer mentoring program

Faculty/staff mentoring program

*CSB/SJU define a first-generation student as any student whose parents or guardians have not completed a four-year degree in the US.