First Generation

The ASCC is excited to assist WSU’s First Generation Students succeed academically and in their careers!

Welcome to the ASCC First Generation page. We recognize the challenges you face as a first-generation college student. Through the resources provided, you can proactively address concerns such as navigating college culture, improving study skills, accessing academic support, managing financial constraints, and finding a healthy balance between your academic and personal responsibilities. We also want to provide the opportunity and resources to make informed decisions about your future career. Remember, you can overcome these challenges, and with the right support and resources, you can thrive in the present and the future.

  • Academic Concerns

    Difficulty Balancing Academic and Personal Responsibilities:

    The First Generation Foundation: Tips for Balancing Academic and Personal Responsibilities
    Discover practical strategies and tips to help you balance your academic commitments with personal responsibilities more effectively.

    Gaining Knowledge of Study Skills and Time Management:

    ASCC Academic Success Coaching
    ASCC individualized coaching sessions, available to all undergraduate students, aim to support educational, personal, and professional growth by focusing on key areas such as time management, learning strategies, notetaking, testing, motivation, and procrastination, recognizing the challenges of university settings and providing resources and strategies to excel in rigorous learning environments.

    ASCC Tutoring
    ASCC drop-in tutoring services, provided by peer facilitators, are free and designed to enhance academic success, covering a range of subjects including Accounting, Biology, Math, Spanish, and Writing; make the most of your session by coming prepared bringing specific questions, attending consistently, and reviewing the material covered afterwards.

    Addressing Financial Constraints Impacting Academic Success:

    First Gen Library Use and Free Textbook Access
    WSU’s Library staff answer questions and provide resources to access some text-books free of charge. Be sure to check their availability before purchasing your textbooks.

    WSU’s Student Financial Services
    Work with WSU Financial Services department to determine what kinds of financial assistance you are eligible for as you pursue your higher education.

    WSU’s Emergency Assistance Fund
    For those who find themselves in instances of severe financial need be aware there are resources to access.

  • Career Concerns

    Limited Access to Networks and Mentors:

    An online mentorship tool to connect with industry professionals and learn more about expectations and norms for a wide range of settings.

    Lack of Familiarity with Professional Settings:

    Rise First
    Rise First is a dedicated team First Gen students and staff, working to create an inclusive online platform that consolidates nationwide programs and resources for first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students, providing a curated resource center and fostering a supportive community that offers information, support, and career-focused resources to empower FGLI students in their higher education journey and professional development.

    Limited Knowledge of Career Paths:

    ASCC’s Labor Market Insights Tool
    Learn about wages, openings and requirements of many jobs from a wide variety of industries. Use either the keyword search or search within an industry type and inform yourself about what is possible for the future.

    My Next Move: Explore Careers and Educational Pathways
    Utilize this interactive tool by the U.S. Department of Labor to explore diverse career options and gain insights into the educational pathways leading to those careers.

    Individual Guidance and Coaching for Career Development from First Semester on:

    ASCC Career Coaching
    ASCC’s Career Coaches are ready to meet with you to give you the opportunity to ask questions, talk about your goals, and create a plan for having a job that you are excited for lined up at graduation. Starting sooner is always helpful so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us.


Finding jobs and internships as a first-generation grad

For first-generation college students, the entire college experience is completely new and uncharted. With no family to lean on for advice and support in terms of knowing the ins and outs of college life, it’s no wonder that a recent …

By College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Future Internships

Do you see an internship in your future? If not, why not? An internship can be beneficial in many ways. It can help you decide if the major you have chosen is a good fit for you or not. It …

By Maureen Summit
Maureen Summit Graduate Staff Assistant
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An On-line Option

Attending Washing State University is a milestone decision in a student’s academic career; however, making the move to Pullman could prove to be an obstacle. WSU cares about its students’ success and provides options to connect students with their academic …

By Maureen Summit
Maureen Summit Graduate Staff Assistant
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Marketing your diversity in a job search

In the article, How to market your diversity in your job search, Adejoke Adeboyejo highlights these tips to highlight the unique aspects of your professional background –

By Melanie Kiel
Melanie Kiel Career Coach
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The Best Choice For You

Trade School or College?

There is debate going on as to whether one choice is better than the other: however, there a lot of pros and cons to both options. It really depends on these variables, Time, Finances, and Job …

By Maureen Summit
Maureen Summit Graduate Staff Assistant
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Contact & Location

(509) 335-6000

Lighty Student Services Rooms 160 - 190
1815 NE Wilson Rd
Pullman, WA

ASCC Hours

Day of the week
Summer Hours Free Summer Tutoring Hours
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 – 4:00 pm, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 – 4:00 pm, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday   None
Sunday   5:00-8:00 PM

Summer advising appointments are available by appointment only.