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Celebrate Being FirstGen!

A first-generation college student is someone who is in the first generation of their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the United States. FirstGen students come in many variations. Perhaps one or both of your parents attended college but haven’t graduated with their bachelor’s degree. Or maybe your parents graduated from college in another country, or you weren’t raised by your biological parents who attended college. Or maybe your parents are going to college at the same time as you. Whatever your story is, we are glad you are at Biola!

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Welcome to Biola, FirstGen Students

Nationally Recognized

FirstGen Forward Institution

Biola’s FirstGen program is now nationally recognized First-Gen Forward Institution! We are excited to join NASPA’s 2021-2022 Cohort for First-Gen institutions leading the way in excellence, service and commitment to our FirstGen students. FirstGen forever!

FirstGen Programs

The Department of Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID) offers programs to help FirstGen students succeed in their college career. To hear first-hand from students regarding the programs, explore FirstGen Student Stories.

Summer Bridge
Summer Bridge

All incoming FirstGen students are welcomed to join us in our annual Summer Bridge event! It’s a free two-week online event where students have the opportunity to participate in a program that will help them transition into Biola, and position them for a thriving college experience.

Explore Summer Bridge


As a FirstGen student at Biola, you have an entire community of students, faculty and staff cheering you on towards success and growth! Our First Gen Mentors are here to walk with you through your college journey.

Mentorship registration coming soon.

FirstGen Scholars Program
FirstGen Scholars Program

The FirstGen Scholars is a scholarship program designed for incoming freshman and transfer FirstGen students who are interested in connecting to a community, developing in their story and thriving in their identity.

The program has 40 spots available and comes with a $3,000 scholarship*. Learn more about our Scholars program and apply today!

Apply to the FirstGen Scholars Program