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First Generation Students

In the College of Engineering and Computing, we know the key to innovation is diverse points of view. Supporting first generation students supports our mission to solve the problems of tomorrow, and we're proud to provide services tailored to this unique group of problem-solvers. Learn more about our first-generation students and the programs that support them in the CEC.

Are you a first-generation student?

Apply for the College of Engineering and Computing's weeklong program & annual scholarship! This valuable experience prepares first-generation CEC students for their first semester at USC just before fall classes begin!

Program Dates:

Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16, 2024


  • Earn a $1,000 scholarship
  • Prepare for math
  • Make CEC connections
  • Learn the USC campus
  • Move into your residence hall early


  • Must be a first-generation college student
  • Must declare an engineering or computing major
  • Must attend New Student Orientation by August 1, 2024.


  • Due Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Apply!



What do you mean by first-generation college student?

The University of South Carolina uses the TRIO definition of first-generation students (FGS). The definition means any individual whose parents did not complete a bachelors degree.

What if my siblings went to college? 
You are still considered first-generation even if your siblings graduated or currently attend any type of college or university. 

What if my parents have an associates degree? 
At USC, students are still considered first-generation college students if their parents have an associates or two-year college degree. 


Meet first-gen students and alumni:

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