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First Scholars Resources

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If neither of your parents or your guardians have a bachelor's degree, you are a First Generation scholar.

Gordon State College is happy you're here.

It is our mission to assist first generation college students in building academic, social, and financial support networks through extracurricular opportunities and family involvement

Academic Support

  • Visit the Student Success Center for math, science, writing and tutoring. Setting up a tutoring session is easy! During tutoring hours, drop by the Student Center room 235, located right above the Book Store, and ask to see a tutor.

  • Attend a workshop. Each workshop covers an academic or personal skill in depth. Learn more on the Student Success Center News and Events page.

  • Get to know your professors. Developing relationships with professors leads to more meaningful college experiences as well as better grades. Here's a list of suggestions to get you started.


Social Support

  • Join a club! Check the bulletin boards, information screens, and club websites for upcoming events. No need to be shy--all the clubs would love your involvement. Don't see the club you're interested in? Start your own.
  • Talk to a counselor. The Counseling Center can assist you with everything from adjusting to college to coping with depression. To make an appointment, call 678-359-5585.​
  • Social support networks are important to a successful college experience. Learn why, and how to build your own network, in our handy guide: Maintaining a Support Network.

Financial Support

  • Apply for one of Gordon State College's many scholarships. Don't forget to bring your essay into the Student Success Center! Tutors can help at any stage of your writing process, from getting started to final edits.

  • Use Gordon's Net Price Calculator to better budget for your academic year. This tool will give you a good understanding of how much your year will cost, including transportation and supplies.

  • Purchase textbooks wisely. Text books can be expensive, so wait until you are sure the course requires the book before you buy. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with a store's policies on returns and buy back. Here are Gordon State College's Book Store policies

  • Taking 15 credit hours each semester and graduating on time will save you money. Learn more at 15 to Finish Georgia.

  • Check out Software Resource & ServicesAs a student in the University of Georgia System, you qualify for special discounts on technology and software.

Family Involvement

  • There are many events open to the public and many of them are free. Get your family involved with Gordon by inviting them to a Gordon performance.