StudentsFIRST fosters an effective transition to the University by providing targeted services and resources that promote a holistic experience to support students through their journey to become the first in their family to earn a college degree.

StudentsFIRST will provide programs and services for first-generation students to create an enjoyable collegiate experience at The University of Mississippi. During students’ first-year of college, StudentsFIRST will introduce resources that focus on the following topics:

  • Establishing friendships
  • Strengthening interpersonal skills
  • Exposing students to the diverse environments
  • Developing study skills
  • Managing multiple roles
  • Becoming financially responsible
  • Creating student professionalism
  • Preparing for career exploration

StudentsFIRST members will be invited to participate in various “Power Hour” sessions. “Power-Hour” is an opportunity for members to share information and learn from various university departments concerning resources available to them.

Members of StudentsFIRST will be paired with an upper-class mentor to provide additional academic and social support throughout the semester. Although StudentsFIRST is a first-year program, first-generation upper class students are encouraged to participate.

Crystal DunnCrystal N. Armstrong
StudentsFIRST  Coordinator
Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience