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Success First

The Golden Bear Legacy Starts Here

Success First is a year-long program designed to help first-generation college students be successful through one-on-one mentoring, valuable workshops, group outings, and an opportunity to receive financial assistance for books and supplies. The goal is to help first-generation students develop a sense of community with one another as well as a support system throughout campus. A first-generation student at Western New England University is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) did not obtain a bachelor's degree/complete a 4-year college or university. 

The program provides an opportunity for students to:

  • Build a lasting relationship with mentors and peers.
  • Obtain leadership experience on campus by continuing as a Success First Leadership Team member.
  • Gain insight to other leadership opporunities and programs on campus.
  • Have the possibility to receive a voucher for books and supplies.

We are committed to create and gear our workshops to topics and questions that are salient of our first-generation, first-year students here at Western New England University. We would love to hear from you about questions you may have and topics you would like to learn more about. Our program director, as well as mentors, are here to provide supplemental information for students during their time at Western New England!

If you are interested in joining, or have any questions, please fill out the form below to request information. 

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Contact Information

Sophia Rios

Director of University Advising

Location: CC 137

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