First-Generation Celebration

Colorful photo of Central Quad with a badge on top of it that reads Miami University First Generation

Celebrate the achievements of Miami's first-generation students on November 8, 2019. Miami's First-Generation College Celebration day is part of the National First-Generation College Celebration, held annually to honor students who are first in their families to go to college.

All Miami students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the following activities to celebrate and support the University's first-generation students.

Coffee at the Miami Seal (rain location: Armstrong Student Center)
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Meet first generation students and enjoy a cup of coffee.
  • Sign up to be a member of the "Miami Firsts" student organization.
  • Enter for a chance to win hockey game box seats as guests of President and Dr. Crawford.
  • Pick up Miami First-Generation stickers and clings.
  • Ask questions about filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lewis Place Reception
4-6 p.m.
310 E. High Street, Oxford, OH
President and Dr. Crawford, who are both former first-generation students, welcome all faculty, staff, and students to enjoy light refreshments and show their support for Miami's first-generation students.


Student Organization

Students taking a break to enjoy the outdoors

Join Miami Firsts to connect with other first-generation students for mutual support, peer mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Learn more about Miami Firsts.

Facebook logoWe also invite you to join the Facebook group of the Miami Firsts student organization. Learn how to get involved with this group of passionate and persistent achievers.

First-Generation Allies

Students attending graduation showing messages on their caps

Connect with first-generation faculty and staff and those who can understand the support you need to succeed.

Find Your Allies    Become an Ally

Student Success Center


The Miami First-Generation Program is a division of the Student Success Center (SSC), which helps students with everything from complex problems to simple solutions. From day one to year four, the SSC is available throughout students' Miami experience.

Feel free to call us anytime at 513-529-0007 or email us at

Save the Date, Miami First Generation Day, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Additional Resources

Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
Learn about diversity and inclusion and discover resources to enhance academic and personal success at Miami.

Office of Parent & Family Programs
Parents and families are invited to engage as vital partners in their student's education, transitions, and personal growth.

Student and Family Resources
Miami has a variety of resources to help students with unexpected needs, writing assistance, tutoring, and more. Resources are also available for families, faculty, and staff to learn about and support first-generation students.

First Generation swagShow your pride and support for Miami's first-generation community with lapel pins, stickers, and clings. Visit the Student Success Center in room 112 of the Campus Avenue Building to pick up your first-gen gear.

Dr. Renate Crawford
First-Generation Committee Member
Ambassador and Adjunct Professor of Physics
Miami University

"As a first generation student, my first weeks on campus were confusing and sometimes intimidating. I tell today's first-gen students that their Miami community will carry them forward to graduation and career success. President Crawford and I look forward to being part of their journey."

First-Generation Gear

Show your pride and partnership with Miami's First-Generation program! Click the link below for free buttons, window clings, and stickers.

I want first-generation gear!

15.2% of the Fall 2017 cohort are first-generation students.

14.5% of the Fall 2016 cohort are first-generation students.

There are currently 2,354 first-generation students attending Miami's Oxford campus.

2,354 first-generation students