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?

The Intercultural Center supports 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.

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

Meet Our First Gen Guides

  • Emely A.

    Pronouns: She/her
    Major: Fashion Merchandising
    About Me: Hello, I’m Emely A. Class of 2024. One fun fact about me is I write with my left hand. Being a First Gen Guide to me means being a resource and helping reduce stress to other fellow first-gen students. I love to help and knowing that I can, makes me happy. I look forward to meeting you!”
    “Being a First Gen Guide to me means being a resource and helping reduce stress to other fellow first-gen students.”



  • Emily A.

    Pronouns: She/her
    Major: BFA Acting Second Year
    About Me: I am Brazilian American and fun fact about me is that I speak Portuguese! I decided to be a First Gen Guide because I too was a part of a similar program my first year. Knowing how hard it is to transition, I wanted to be that person that students in the First Gen Cohort can rely on. It’s not easy figuring out everything on your own and just knowing that there are other people who are going through the same thing is really refreshing.
    “I want to help build a supportive community of first-gens!”
  • Jordan A.

    Pronouns: She/They
    Major: Digital Media and Video Production
    About Me: Becoming a First Gen Guide is an opportunity to connect with others going through a similar experience and build community. The college transition was a big and lonely change. I struggled to find someone that I could talk to about the challenges I was facing. Becoming a First Gen Guide meant that I would be able to help students have a more positive experience and adjustment. It allows me to uplift and encourage others around me. Fun fact about me, Reese’s are my favorite candy but only if they’re frozen.
    “Becoming a First Gen Guide meant that I would be able to help students have a more positive experience and adjustment.”