Welcome to the First-Gen OWU Community!

Complete the brief First-Gen OWU Student Information Form to get started. By completing this form, you not only contribute to a more inclusive and supportive campus environment but also gain access to exclusive events and resources tailored specifically for first-gen students. 

Community Building

Connect with fellow first-gen students and build a strong support network on campus. Share your experiences, challenges, and triumphs, knowing you're not alone in this journey.

Tailored Support

By providing us with essential information through the form, we can better understand your needs and tailor our support services to help you thrive academically and personally.

Exclusive Events and Opportunities

You will receive firsthand information about exciting events, workshops, and programs designed exclusively for first-gen students, helping you make the most of your time at OWU.

OWU Resources

  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) – The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) is committed to providing access and support services to first-gen students at OWU. Among other services, OMSA provides mentorship for students through the OMSA Achievement Mentor Program, a program committed to attracting and supporting first-gen students, LGBT+ students, and students of color. The focus of the mentor-mentee relationship in this program will build community, provide positive encouragement, campus engagement, personal growth, and transitional success to the university environment. If you are a first-year student and would like to be a part of this program, email omsa@owu.edu.
  • On-Campus Employment – On-campus jobs are preferable to off-campus jobs because they are more likely to work with your academic schedule and some jobs enable you to do academic work on the job.
  • Career Connection – Contact Career Connection to get help exploring career fields, writing a resume or cover letter, preparing for job interviews, and more!
  • OWU Connection Support – First-gen students participate in all dimensions of the OWU Connection. Stop by Slocum Hall and speak with a Merrick Mentor to learn more!
  • Student Assistance Programs – Students come from a range of economic backgrounds at OWU. For those who could use some additional assistance, we offer a variety of programs, such as emergency funds, laptops to borrow, and more.

External Resources

  • Financial Literacy Tools for Students - Regions Next Step offers a variety of finanical literacy tools like short courses to improve your Financial IQ, podcasts, downloadable worksheets, goal calculators, and more!