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Florida International University and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities are proud to present the Focus on First Generation Student Conference. The Focus on First Generation Student Conference will take place April 8-9, 2019 at Florida International University. This inaugural event will  serve as an innovative platform for Academic and Student Affairs professionals  to engage and share strategies for building institutional effectiveness, increasing equitable outcomes and supporting career readiness  of  1st Generation Students.


  • Develop networks to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • Provide opportunities to discuss effective strategies and complexities in supporting academic success and access of first generation students
  • Showcase innovative interventions and best practices which support academic achievement and post-graduation success for first generation students

Who should attend? 

Faculty, staff or those interested in the following areas:

  • Academic Advisement
  • Career Services Advisement (Internships, Co-Op)
  • Faculty
  • First Year Experiences
  • Honors College
  • Housing & Residence Life
  • Institutional Knowledge Management
  • Leadership Programs




  • Persistence
  • Retention
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Wellness
  • Student Success
  • Transfer Student Services
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Enrollment

First Generation at FIU


Florida International University is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a minority student enrollment of 83%.  More than half of our undergraduate students qualify for Pell grants and are the first in their families to graduate from college.  We are committed and grounded in the theory of developing a culminating mass of promising, talented and diverse pool of underserved minority students that succeed in higher education.


  • Points of Pride

    As South Florida’s first urban public research university, FIU is the university of access for the region’s six million residents and is a solutions center for addressing global needs.

    Since opening for classes in 1972 with the largest first-day enrollment in American collegiate history, FIU has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s largest, most diverse institutions of higher education.
  • First Generation Scholarship Program

    Since 2006, the First Generation Scholarship has been awarded to students who are first in their family to obtain their degree. This is a need-based scholarship funded by public and private dollars to undergraduate students who attend Florida public, state universities. FIU has awarded critical financial support to over 10,000 students through the First Generation Scholarship Program. These scholarships do not just offer financial support, but can also offer unique networking opportunities with successful professionals.
  • TRIO Programs

    Student Support Services (TRIO) is a Federal Grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. At FIU we have the following additional TRIO programs: Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math-Science.