Building community is one of the most important parts of the student experience at Emory and a key focus of the university’s Student Flourishing initiative. Coinciding with the opening of the identity spaces in Cox Hall this fall, Emory Campus Life is adding a new office to Belonging and Community Justice, called Emory First.  

Physically located on the third floor of Cox Hall, Emory First serves as a central hub for first-generation students and students from low- and limited-income backgrounds, extending Emory’s history of support and ensuring their access to resources and community essential to their educational journey. 

In 2022-2023, nearly 14% of our Emory undergraduate students were considered first-generation, and 18% of our undergraduate students on the Atlanta Campus were Pell Grant recipients. Our goal is to ensure they are celebrated and have a robust network of assistance from faculty and staff who understand the unique opportunities and challenges that being the first may entail. 

Our renowned 1915 Scholars Program will now be one of the premier programs under Emory First, helping us expand access to the program and the mentorship it provides.  

Campus Life is currently searching for a director of Emory First and will be creating opportunities for stakeholders to engage with the candidates on-campus. Please direct any questions regarding our Emory First program to

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Annual Events

 flyer of 2023 National First Gen Week programs


Monday, Nov. 6

Kick Off Lunch | Noon - 2 p.m. in Cox Hall Room 322Celebrate National First-Gen Week with Ponko chicken, shirts, games and tabling with campus partners who support FGLI students (first-gen limited income).

Tuesday, Nov. 7

FGLI Pre-Health Panel | 5 - 6 p.m. in Cox Hall Room 322
Are you pre-health? Learn from FGLI medical, allied health and MPH students about being successful in health fields!
National Quest Day | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Cox Hall Room 322
Everyone is welcome to attend the QuestBridge National Quest Day Celebration and enjoy Chipotle!

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Wonderful Wednesday | Noon - 2 p.m. on Asbury Circle
Stop by our table on Asbury Circle for giveaways and sign this year's #FirstGenPride banner!
Barkley Forum: The First and the Future | 6 - 7 p.m.
Help shape the future of Emory First through an interactive dialogue with the Barkley Forum. Food provided!

Thursday, Nov. 9 

FLIP Luncheon | Noon - 2 p.m. in Cox Hall Room 322
Enjoy free lunch while learning about the First-Gen Low-Income Partnership and connecting with other FGLI students

Friday, Nov. 10

Boba and Beyond | 3 - 5 p.m. in Cox Hall Room 322
Join Emory First and Empowering First for games and boba to wrap the week. 

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