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First-Generation

Resources

Contacts

These offices are a great first point of contact for your questions or concerns. Know when you need help, where you need help, how you need help, and then actively seek it out.

Burgett Intercultural Center

Can answer questions about: diverse on campus and support for culturally diverse students
Location: 501-D Wilson Commons
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/icc/ 
Phone: (585) 275-6662
Email: icc@rochester.edu 

Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)

Can answer questions about: Study skills and disability support
Location: 1-154 Dewey Hall
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/cetl/ 
Phone: (585) 275-9049
Email: cetl@rochester.edu 
Key contact: Sarah Gerin

College Center for Advising Services (CCAS)

Can answer questions about: Academic advising and important academic deadlines
Location: 312 Lattimore Hall, River Campus
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/CCAS/ 
Phone: (585) 275-2354
Email: cascas@mail.rochester.edu 
Key contact: Anika Simone Johnson

David T. Kearns Center for Leadership & Diversity

Can answer questions about: Graduate school and the McNair Scholars Program
Location: 4-106 Dewey Hall
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/kearnscenter/ 
Phone: (585) 275-7512
Email: kearnscenter@rochester.edu 
Key contact: Melissa Raucci

Education Abroad

Can answer questions about: Studying abroad
Location: 2-161 Dewey Hall
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/abroad/ 
Phone: (585) 275-7532
Email: abroad@admin.rochester.edu 

Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center

Can answer questions about: Matching careers to your major and finding a job
Location: 4-200 Dewey Hall
Website: www.rochester.edu/careercenter/ 
Phone: (585) 275-2366
Email: career.center@rochester.edu 
Key contact: Michelle Werth

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Can answer questions about: Support for students studying engineering & applied sciences and the STEM Gems Program
Location: 301C Lattimore Hall
Website: www.hajim.rochester.edu/undergraduate/stemgems 
Phone: (585) 275-3954
Email: hajimschool@rochester.edu 
Key contact: Nicholas Valentino

International Services Office (ISO)

Can answer questions about: Campus support for international students, obtaining work permission in the US
Location: 213 Morey Hall
Website: www.iso.rochester.edu/ 
Phone: (585) 275-2866
Email: questions@iso.rochester.edu 

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Can answer questions about: Majors and minors offered and FASFA applications
Location: Wallis Hall
Website: enrollment.rochester.edu/  
Phone: (585) 275-3221 / (585) 275-3226
Email: admit@admissions.rochester.edu 

Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS)

Can answer questions about: Activities and events on campus and the College’s Communal Principles
Location: 500 Wilson Commons
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/odos/ 
Phone: (585) 275-4085

Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA)

Can answer questions about: Campus support for underrepresented students and HEOP eligibility
Location: 2-161 Dewey Hall
Website: www.rochester.edu/college/OMSA/ 
Phone: (585) 275-0651
Email: omsa@ur.rochester.edu 
Key contact: Claudia Hernandez

Parent & Family Relations

Can answer questions about: Support for parents and family and how parents and family member can support their student in college
Location: 510 Wilson Commons
Website: www.rochester.edu/parents/ 
Phone: (585) 275-5415
Email: urparents@rochester.edu 
Key contact: Dawn Bruner


UR/College Acronyms and Lingo

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. The Office of Parent and Family Relations recognizes that this shortened language might pose some confusion for new students or other individuals less familiar with the University. Below is a list of the most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations by the University community as well as some general college lingo one would expect to hear on any college campus. Links to respective web pages with additional information are also provided.

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I'm First!

  • About: "I'm First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college."
  • Website: http://www.imfirst.org/
  • Check out the I'm First! Blog for the latest first-gen updates and tips!

Future Global Leaders Fellowship Program

  • Mission: “Future Global Leaders (FGL) advocates a global vision of leadership for highly talented and resilient first-generation college students selected internationally.”
  • Goals: “Provide future leaders with global network, leadership, and vision.”
  • Program: “Each year, starting during the spring of their Freshman Year, FGL selects Fellows in the US and in other parts of the world to take part in its highly selective Program. From the end of Freshman Year until Graduation, FGL will: 1) enhance Fellows’ self-confidence and leadership skills, 2) provide them with early international exposure, and 3) develop a closely-knit, cohesive network with access to worldwide professional connections.” (Note: In 2014, two of the twenty-two total FGL Fellows selected were University of Rochester students)
  • Website: http://futureleaders.org/

Readings

Books:

  • Cushman, Kathleen. First in the Family: Your College Years, Advice about College from First-generation Students. Providence, RI: Next Generation, 2006. Print. 
  • West, Norman, and Olivia West. Debt Free at 33: 33 Ways You Can Become Financially Free. Rochester, NY: West Advisory Group, 2012. Print. 

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