First-Generation Student Study
The First-Generation Student Study is a six-year longitudinal, mixed-methods research study that aims to understand the experiences of first-generation college students. This study is a partnership between the Center for the Study of Student Life and the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University. The study will follow a cohort of incoming first-year, first-generation students through surveys and in-depth interviews. The main research questions of the study include:
- What predicts first-generation student persistence and success in college? Specifically, does sense of belonging, integration and responsibilities to family of origin influence first-generation students in distinct ways relative to their peers and, if so, how and what are the consequences for student success?
- What are the unique experiences or challenges first-generation students face once they begin college that promote or compete with their academic trajectories (e.g., selection of major), integration on campus and overall success?
- How do first-generation students' varying identities and backgrounds intersect to influence their success in college?
The First-Generation Student Study began data collection in autumn 2018 and will continue until autumn 2024. For questions, please contact the Principal Investigators, listed below.