First-Generation Students

Eureka College’s First-Generation Program Helps YOU

Being the first person in your family to attend a four-year institution is a significant accomplishment. Having this great opportunity to extend your educational journey is a milestone in your life. As a first generation student interested in attending Eureka College, you’re taking the right step for success.

As a first generation family, you may have a lot of questions. Eureka College is a personable, welcoming place and you will be guided through the admissions and financial aid process. Most importantly, when you become a student here, you will find all of the resources you need to succeed as a member of the First Generation Program.

The First Generation Program

More than 46% of Eureka College students are first generation, just like you. The First Generation Program is a FREE PROGRAM designed to make the transition to Eureka College as smooth as possible. As you enter  your first year of college, it’s important to be a part of this program, so you can connect and build relationships, mentors and faculty and staff members.

Experience Eureka: First Generation Summer Program

June 21-23, 2018

Please be on the look out for a letter from Jess Brown providing additional information about the First Generation Summer program once you have deposited.

You will attend an exciting, informative action-packed orientation. This mandatory event gives you the opportunity to stay in the residence halls and acclimate to campus as you meet other first-generation college students, learn from distinguished faculty, interact with professional staff, and familiarize yourself with the Eureka community and a liberal arts education. Find out where you can go on campus to get your questions answered about academics, tutoring, student life, counseling, financial aid, and more.


What to Expect!

Each first-year, first generation student will have the opportunity to select their Peer Mentor who will serve as a front line representative for the First Generation Program and works closely with up to four first-year students. Peer Mentors are responsible for meeting several times each semester with these students to mentor them and will also assist the Coordinators of the

First Generation Program in planning year-  long activities. After your first year on campus, become a peer mentor and help incoming students find their way at Eureka  College.

To register for Experience Eureka: First Generation Summer Program, email Ms. Jess Brown at

Sure college is about academics, but there’s time for fun, too. You will make your best memories meeting new people and getting involved. It’s easy and we’ll show you how. This program not only helps you design your

#uniquelyeureka first-year experience, it’s your support system for your time here as a Eureka student. The program even makes sure you are well-prepared for life after Eureka.

First Generation events include:

  • Fan Buses to Eureka College sporting events
  • Networking
  • Speed Interviewing
  • Speed Networking
  • Formal Dinners
  • Sculpture Walks
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Community Service
  • Study Sessions
  • Formal Dinners
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • Theater Productions
  • City trips (St. Louis & Chicago)
  • Career Development opportunities
  • Movies
  • Professional Sporting Events (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, etc.)

Parents! We haven’t forgotten about you. We know you have many questions too!

During Experience Eureka: Orientation, parents receive information about different facets of the College: FERPA, the Role of Advisors, Academic Status and Progress, Financial Aid, Resources Available at the Learning Center, Athletic Eligibility Rules, and important programs run by the Office of Student Life.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Jess Brown, M.ed.

Assistant Director of Residence Life/Coordinator for Campus Involvement

Phone: 309.467.6865