American Sociological Association

First Generation Sociology Majors Overcome Deficits

May 2015
Authors: Roberta Spalter-Roth, Nicole Van Vooren, Mary S. Senter

About half of entering freshman are the first in their families to go to college. Although first generation students have a greater likelihood of not completing college, this research brief uses data from a survey of the 2012 cohort of sociology majors to explore the experiences of those first generation students who have graduated.

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