First-Generation College Students

Celebrate being first.

Every student takes a different path toward college, and this is especially true for first-generation students. As the first in your family to attend college—meaning both your parents, guardians, or other custodial family members have not completed a four-year college degree—you’ll bring valuable perspective, experiences, and strengths to your future community.

We offer a number of resources and events to help you and your family navigate the process, such as college breakdown sessions and essay workshops. We welcome all parents, guardians, and support systems to attend these virtual workshops and take advantage of our College Planning Guide

If at any point you have questions or need clarification, feel free to reach out to your designated regional admissions counselor. They are a member of our admissions committee who is familiar with your high school’s general region and are here to help you through the application process.

Information for Parents and Families

You don’t need to have gone to college to support your student through this process. As their parent, guardian, or family member, you are an essential source of encouragement in what can be a busy and emotional time. See our Parents and Families page for additional ways to be an active part of your student’s milestone.

You are also more than welcome to reach out to your student’s regional admissions counselor (which you can find using their high school’s zip code) with any questions or comments.


There’s a lot that goes into figuring out the right college for you as well as applying to it. We’ve put together several resources to help you and your support systems through every step.

Check Out Our College Planning Resources

Campus Resources

Hopkins offers a variety of support to students from many backgrounds, including first-generation college students. Check out our resources.

Application & Admissions Tips

Watch videos that cover everything from how our admissions committee reviews applications to applying for financial aid.

Explore Application Tips & Videos

Essays That Worked

Take a look at admitted student essays with feedback from our admissions committee about why these were successful.

Read Essays That Worked

Financial Planning

Learn how we make a world-class education affordable and get an estimate of your college costs.

Learn About Tuition & Aid

Stories from First-Generation Blue Jays

The First-Generation Students Oral History Project is made up of interviews and stories from students at Hopkins who are the first in their family to go to college. The goal is to support the next generation of first-gen Blue Jays and share what their journey could look like.



Hopkins accepts both the Common Application and Coalition on Scoir. We share key dates and break down the process to make sure you and your family have all the information needed to submit your best application.

Learn More About Application Deadlines & Requirements