First generation students


First Generation Students

Congratulations and Welcome to Long Beach City College! Perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it this far. As a first-generation college student, this is a particularly important achievement and is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that you will face unique experiences as you begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting you.

College is an experience characterized by change and challenges. Since you may be entering with limited knowledge about the language and traditions of higher education and the resources available to facilitate your success at Long Beach City College (LBCC) a strong support system can help you.  Through the Learning & Academic Resources Department we look forward to providing you with tips and insight on navigating your journey through LBCC.  Why not come by the Multidisciplinary Success Center—located at both campuses—and find out how we can support your development as a collegian. We also know that you may lack access to good information and support in your pursuit of a college education.  The following site will provide you with tips and resources to encourage your academic success and transition to college.

Who are you?

While there is no universal definition for “first-generation college student” we choose to define a first-generation college student as “a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school.”  First-generation students tend to come from working class families from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  First-generation students may attend college part-time, delay entering college after high-school graduation, or work full-time while they are enrolled.

While certainly immersed in an exciting experience, you may receive less support from your family while attending college. Your family may not understand the demands of college work. You may also feel added responsibility from your family to be ‘the one who succeeds’ in college. This may increase the pressure you already experiences as a new student.

Such a first-generation student (FGS), who has little or no family collegiate history, may enter college with limited knowledge about the jargon, traditions, and patterns of expected behavior. These factors may challenge you from fully engaging in a college setting.  No matter how intelligent and capable, a FGS may benefit from additional support as you adjust to this new environment.

Tips from Current LBCC First-Generation Students

We asked our current first-generation students: “What advice would you share with incoming first-generation college students at LBCC?” and they responded:

  • “Get involved! Join clubs and attend an athletic event or music production.”
  • “Try not to be shy. Introduce yourself! There are people to help.”
  • “It can sometimes be hard to find a sense of belonging, but don’t be afraid, because the LBCC community is welcoming. Get involved and you will grow so much.”
  • “Use resources that are available to you.”
  • “It’s important to be open-minded.”
  • “Don’t be afraid to ask questions; if you are looking for help, you will find it.”

Your Key to Success at LBCC


Adjusting to College

Common Changes

What are some of the most common changes you can expect in the first year at LBCC?

New environment and relationships.  First year students must adapt to an unfamiliar environment and develop new relationships. LBCC will bring you a unique opportunity to interact with students, professors, and staff from various backgrounds and cultures. Expanding your worldview by learning about each other’s differences and similarities will likely enhance your college experience.


Student Resources for First General Students

LBCC Resources 

Many different resources are available to you to facilitate your success at Long Beach City College. Please check out and utilize the resources below to assist you throughout your time here.


First Generation Students – Faculty Resources

It is estimated that 30 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions today are low income, first-generation college students (FGS). But they drop out of college at four times the rate of their peers whose parents have a post-secondary education. Many FGS feel socially, ethnically, academically, and emotionally marginalized on campus.


Unexpected Costs

Incoming freshmen can encounter many expenses beyond tuition; be sure to budget for them. What are some of the most unexpected costs for incoming freshmen?