I Belong Here: Supporting First-Generation Students

Why is this important?

The educational trajectories of students whose parents attended university (second-generation students) are usually more successful than those of first-generation students. This also applies to the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSBS): first-generation students drop out significantly more often than second-generation students. First-generation start at a disadvantage. The transition to university education is difficult for many students, but especially so for first-generation students. How students navigate this transition is an important predictor of students’ motivation, their self-efficacy, their engagement with their study, and their study success. Besides, research has shown that students’ sense of belonging at university plays a role in this transition and that first-generation students experience a lower sense of belonging at university.