First Generation at Ball State

As a first-generation student and Cardinal at Ball State University, you fly. We are committed to meeting you where you are in your college journey, providing support and resources, and celebrating all that you bring to our campus community.

You belong here. Our campus services, resources, and programs have you in mind.

You Are First Generation...

If you are the first in your family to attend college or if your parents or guardians did not complete a college degree.

35% First-Generation Undergraduate Students

1 in 3 Undergraduate Freshman Are First-Generation Students

80% Employed One Year After Earning A Bachelor's Degree *NASPA

First Generation National Event

First Generation College Celebration is an annual national event held on November 8, to recognize, support, and celebrate first-generation college students.

First-Generation Cardinal Chronicles


Taylor Bias

First-Generation Student

Taylor Bias

Terry Clayton

First-Generation Student

Terry Clayton


I am first gen

First Generation Poster

First Generation Poster

First Generation Door Sign

Email signature first generation friend

Downloadable Email Signature

We're Here to Help

Tiffany Peters, Assistant Vice President For Student Affairs

Frank A. Bracken Administration

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.