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Flying First

Flying First Welcomes You!

Rowan University - A First-gen Forward InstitutionIn recognition of the University’s efforts to support first-generation students and their families, Rowan University has been designated a First-gen Forward institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success.

The University’s Flying First program was named to the 2021-22 First-gen Forward Cohort, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes for first-generation college students. Institutions earning the designation receive professional development opportunities, community building experiences and first access to the center’s research and resources. Read more.


Rowan University’s First-Generation Task Force program initiative, Flying First, was developed to enhance academic success for our first-generation students while focusing on an increased sense of belonging within our campus community. Through the promotion of diversity, educational opportunities, and intentional support, Flying First hopes to aid with the transition to college, provide resources to facilitate success in the classroom, and foster pride in and positive perceptions of first-generation students through networking and advocacy throughout the University community. 


First Gen·er·a·tion: An applicant whose parents or parent (in the case of an applicant who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent) did not complete a baccalaureate degree

College students who are proud, enthusiastic, curious, optimistic, grateful, selfless, independent, courageous, motivated, loyal, resourceful, goal-oriented, smart, hard-working, focused, visionary, resilient, dedicated, ambitious, committed, responsible, driven, persistent, and reliable role models for their siblings, cousins, parents, peers, community, and professors.