First Generation at MMC

At Marymount Manhattan College, we understand the unique experiences of students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college, and we seek to provide a space to support their academic, professional, and personal needs.

Who is a First-Generation Student?

A first generation college student is a student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) has not earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States or abroad. Here at Marymount Manhattan College, approximately 38% of the incoming class identify as a first-generation college student.

What Support is Provided to First-Gen Students?

Since 2021, the work surrounding the support and success of First-Gen students has grown exponentially with the Intercultural Center taking the lead at MMC on reestablishing, reconnecting, and redesigning a supportive infrastructure for First Generation students at MMC.

Understanding that culture comes in many ways, shapes, and forms – The Intercultural Center offers programming, mentorship, and connections that support students who identify as First-Generation. The Center provides opportunities for students to build community with each other, receive social support, gain access to resources, and work towards their professional development.

This is evidenced by the launching of our First-Gen Cohort Program (FGCP), our Annual First-Gen Student Week of Celebration, and chartering of the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of the Tri Alpha First-Gen Honor Society. And we are just getting started.

Check out our workshops and events section in order to participate in upcoming activities geared towards First Gen students.

Meet Our First Gen Guides

  • Sofija K.

    Pronouns: She/her
    Major: International Studies
    About Me: Being a First-Gen student means I am very thankful for the opportunity to further my education and I also never take anything for granted. I’ve enjoyed exploring the city with friends and receiving support and resources the FGCP. I cannot wait to help other First-Gen’s on their journey.
  • Michelle L.

    Pronouns: She/her
    Major: Finance and Entrepreneurship
    About Me:Hi, my name is Michelle Ledezma, and I am so excited to be a First-Gen Guide! I’m from California, but my dream was to go to college in New York. There are many challenges that come with being first generation and I am so thankful that I’m here pursuing a double major at MMC!
  • Geilin P.

    Pronouns: She/her
    Major: Psychology
    About Me:Hello! My name is Geilin. I am a sophomore and I major in Psychology with a double minor in art therapy and child development & creative media. I love drawing and reading books.