Western Oregon University celebrates first-generation day

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University proudly celebrates First-Generation College Celebration Day, a day that recognizes and celebrates the achievements and aspirations of first-generation college students. As an institution dedicated to fostering student success and support, Western takes this opportunity to showcase its commitment to supporting its 47% first-generation student body.

“First-Generation College Celebration Day is a celebration of resilience, determination, and the power of higher education to change lives,” shares President Jesse Peters. He also adds that he is a first-generation college student, and his journey was one filled with uncertainty and fear, but also a journey of excitement and wonder. 

Peters shares that he wanted to go to college to make his family proud and be a role model for other first-generation college students and that this day helps celebrate the potential every first-generation student has. “I want Western Oregon University to provide all students with the best resources to be successful, and it is particularly important to me that first-generation students feel welcomed and supported. As I always say, it’s good to be FIRST: Focused. Innovative. Resourceful. Successful. Together. We. Are. Wolves.”

The university’s dedication is evident through the wide range of resources and programs specifically designed to ensure student success. The TRIO Student Enrichment Program (TRIO SEP) and the TRIO Teacher Prep Student Support Services (TRIO TPSSS) are programs that provide first-generation students with the tools and guidance needed to excel academically, access essential resources, and achieve their educational and career goals. TRIO SEP and TRIO TPSSS serve as pillars of support, offering personalized academic advising, tutoring, career counseling, financial literacy workshops, and more.

Additionally, the university is currently undertaking a construction project to build a Student Success Center. This center will serve as a comprehensive suite of resources to enhance students’ educational experiences. It will house TRIO programs, academic advising, career services, and additional support services all under one roof and will further simplify access to the assistance first-generation students need to thrive.


 About TRIO TPSSS, TRIO SEP, and Western’s ongoing support for first-generation students.

About Western Oregon UniversityWestern Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70% of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans, or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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