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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.

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.