Post-Graduation Planning for First-Generation and/or Low-Income Students

We have built a supportive community for Amherst College first-generation and/or low-income (including international, undocumented and DACA, and transfer) students, particularly as it relates to post-graduation planning. By creating an affirming space where students can access and capitalize on the College's resources, acquire and integrate transferable skills first-generation and/or low income students are better prepared for professional engagement. All of this is possible because of peer-to-peer support, knowledge-sharing, captivating programs, partnerships with other College departments, and through the generous support of an alum from the Class of `66.

Casey Jo and a student working together

Get Ahead

We encourage students who self-identify as first-generation and/or low-income students to engage with the Loeb Center early. Some examples of how students can engage early are:

Program Director

Casey Jo Dufresne

Meet Casey Jo Dufresne

My own experience as a first-generation low-income student has informed much of my work and research on equity and education access. I am passionate about the positive impact that building community can have on our world.

Meet with Casey Jo

Learn by Doing

“My work at the Loeb Center is focused on ensuring that students like you not only find a summer opportunity, but that you have access to the tools, resources and support you need to make sure it is a rewarding experience that fulfills your own unique goals.” - Victoria Wilson, Assistant Director of Internship Programs

The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development, and career exploration. From special internship programs like the Amherst Select Internship Program to specialized internship advising, we can help you discover and prepare for summer opportunities.

Amherst Campus Programs & Resources

Admissions & Financial Aid: Diversity Open Houses & Need Blind Admissions process
As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall in an effort to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes and residence halls. Amherst's need-blind admission policy and generous need-based financial aid supports expanded access for students from families with modest financial resources. 55% of Amherst students receive financial aid from the College and the average financial aid package in 2016-17 was $51,775. And 22% of students in the class of 2020 are eligible for federal Pell Grants designated for students from low-income families.

First Generation Families Meeting during Fall Student Orientation
This session welcomes families of first generation students to the Amherst community and to celebrate this momentous occasion. There will be an opportunity to learn about the resources and networks to help families and their student as they begin their journey at Amherst.

First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Reception during Fall Student Orientation
A reception for first generation and/or low-income students coordinated by QuestBridge, First Generation Association, and the Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership. This is an opportunity to connect with staff, faculty, and other students as we build community and develop networks of support that foster success for students at Amherst.

Campus Diversity & Student Leadership (CDSL)
The CDSL office provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation and/or low-income, among other student populations such as transfer, and undocumented/DACA, and veteran students. Through programmatic initiatives, resources, and services CDSL fosters personal, social, and academic success for the student populations CDSL serves. Tenzin Kunor is the Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership.

Student Organizations

First Generation Association
The First Generation Association serves as a place to raise awareness, recognition, and lend support to first-generation/low-income students and allies alongside their peers, faculty and alumni. FGA welcomes students from different backgrounds and class years to come together and explore the complexities within the first-generation experience.

QuestBridge
A socially active group of students inclusive to the entire Amherst community who spend time with each other through events, small-group discussions, outings, and volunteer service. Click here to learn more about Amherst QuestBridge Scholars.

Resources that are not specific to first generation and/or low income students but can be utilized to support their experience: