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 First Fridays

September 7th: Meet and Greet 11:30am to 1:00pm Martindale 3rd floor Conference Room

This event will give students an opportunity to meet one another and faculty/staff who are excited and ready to help first-generation college students.  We will use this meeting to better define the discussion topics for the rest of the academic year.

October 5th : Topic TBA 11:30am to 1:00pm Martindale 3rd floor Conference Room

November 2nd : Topic TBA 11:30am to 1:00pm Martindale 3rd floor Conference Room

EDHE 105 Special Section

StudentsFIRST will be offering a section of EDHE 105 (Freshman Year Experience) for first-generation college students.  Please contact our office if you are interested in joining us!



Michael Smith
StudentsFIRST  Coordinator
Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience