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We serve the first, and very best, students.

Nearly one-third of the undergraduate students in the United States are first-generation, meaning they are a student whose parents or legal guardians did not obtain a 4-year bachelor’s degree. If that includes you, we’re here to help!

We are the one-stop shop to give first-generation students access to the support and services they need to successfully transition to college and obtain their degrees.

The First Saluki Center is a campus-wide collaboration - an initiative developed by the Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, working together with Academic Affairs. We connect SIU’s first-generation students with academic resources, social and emotional support, financial literacy, opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, and career preparedness assistance.

Special Announcement: COVID-19

In compliance with the governor's "stay at home" order, SIU Carbondale is operating virtually. Courses are being offered online and in other alternative formats. Most facilities are closed, but most offices are available by email and phone. View campus messages, an updated list of event cancellations and changes, and other information on SIU's official Coronavirus site.

Visit these websites if you are in need of services:

Campus-Wide Resources

Did You Know?

  • At SIU Carbondale, 40% of undergraduate students are first generation.

  • National Data Fact on First-Generation College Students: As of academic year 2015-16, 56% of undergraduates nationally were first-generation college students (neither parent had a bachelor’s degree), and 59% of these students were also the first sibling in their family to go to college.