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First-generation college students get more support, attention at U. of Cincinnati

March 30, 2010

Roughly 30 percent of entering freshmen in the United States are first-generation college students, and 24 percent -- 4.5 million -- are both first-gens and low income. Nationally, 89 percent of low-income first-gens leave college within six years without a degree.

Only the University of Cincinnati has housing exclusively for first-gens, a program that is drawing national attention. All 24 students who moved into Gen-1 House in September 2009, and 11 of the 14 in 2008 when it opened, still are in college.
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