First Generation | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Celebrate a first.

    First generation families entering college is a big deal. Take time to celebrate your milestone.

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    First generation students are making up a growing percentage of Capital’s applicant and student population. We are aware that there are unique challenges for first generation students and their families, so we wanted to create a space to help families through the admission and financial aid process. 

  • Meet Some of our First Generation students

    Sloan Fair  

    Sloane Fair

    1. What were your biggest challenges/fears going through the admission and scholarship process?

    The biggest fear I had was making sure that I didn't miss any deadlines when applying too Capital and even doing the FAFSA. I talked to Ashley Gordon who was my counselor a lot about what to do so I could inform my parents because they had never gone through the process before.

    2. What resources helped you navigate your way through Capital/campus?

    The whole admissions team, from the counselors to the ambassadors they made sure I knew the ins and outs about Capital. I visited 8 times and they were just so warm and welcoming every time I set foot on campus.

    3. What piece of advice would you give to any first generation students looking at colleges?

    I would say just make sure if you have questions about anything involving your college search don't hesitate to contact the schools! They are here to help you as best they can and will make sure your transition into college is smooth for both you and your family! 

    Smooth Transitions logo smallSloane is also Peer Mentor in our Smooth Transitions program, a three day pre-orientation program, designed to support the introduction, matriculation and retention of underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital University.  


    Alli Hinman  

    Alli Hinman

    1. What were your biggest challenges/fears going through the admission and scholarship process?

    My biggest challenges were my parents not understanding the process of applying to college, the costs involved, and overall being able to ask questions on how everything works. My fears were not being able to afford college and not having the emotional support needed to be successful.

    2. What resources helped you navigate your way through Capital/campus?

    I definitely used EVERY resource Capital has to offer! Starting in the admissions office by asking my admissions counselor when to apply for things (like the FAFSA) and when due dates were (such as Capital’s application). One of my favorite resources is Academic Success where you can schedule FREE tutoring appointments! It has been amazing to have successful students who have taken the course help to guide me on my struggles and relate to the difficulties that arise.

    3. What piece of advice would you give to any first generation students looking at colleges?

    Ask as many questions as you can! Even if it seems like a silly question, the better informed you are, the easier college transition will be. I recommend touring colleges when classes are in session to see how the students interact with each other and the professor. Sit in on a class. Eat lunch. And make sure to ask your tour guide about their experiences!

    Alli Hinman is a 2016 graduate of Capital University's nursing program.  


    Joseph Simmering  

    Joseph Simmering

    1. What were your biggest challenges/fears going through the admission and scholarship process?

    For me personally, the biggest fears I had were not knowing how the whole process worked and whether or not I was completing each task correctly. The idea of applying for scholarships and college was frightening to me, because I didn’t have anyone around who had really completed the process before, so I had no idea what to expect.

    2. What resources helped you navigate your way through Capital/campus?

    One major resource I found myself using on a daily basis it seemed like was my admissions counselor. Nearly any question I had conjured up, she either had an answer for, or she knew exactly who to contact to answer my question. She was also always willing to meet with me in person to go over things I may have been fuzzy about. Another resource I took advantage of was setting up visits at Capital. At Capital, the visits are one-on-one with your tour guide which allowed for a much better tour of the whole campus. I knew my way around the campus before I even started college.

    3. What piece of advice would you give to any first generation students looking at colleges?

    The biggest piece of advice I can give, is to not dwell on the cost of college so much that it drives you away or discourages you. There are plenty of scholarships you can apply for, as well as many opportunities through the colleges to aide your financial worries.

    • Q

      How does Capital help first generation students and their families?


      Each student/family has an admission counselor that will work with you throughout the search, application, scholarship, and financial aid processes. We are here to help every step of the way! Capital also has resources available to all of our students that first gen students would benefit greatly from including: Academic Success (peer tutoring), Career Development, Student Success (student support), Involvement opportunities, and faculty members who serve as academic advisors.

      Capital has a plethora of resources available for first generation students.

      Learn more

    • Q

      What should a first generation student know that others may inherently know?


      You should know a college education is attainable! This process can be overwhelming and you may not always know the right questions to ask, but that’s why your admission counselor is here, to help you through this process!

      Our Admission Counselors are your best advocates.

      Meet them

    • Q

      How many Capital students are first generation?


      The number of first generation traditional undergraduate students for Fall 2015 was 827 or 34% of the traditional undergraduate student population. As of now, 30% of the total undergraduate population is considered First Generation.

      Our Fact Book is a great resource to see current and historical trends at Capital University.

      See the Fact Book

    • Q

      What does it mean to be a first generation college student?


      Simply put, this means that none of your parents has attended a college/university and received a degree. If this applies to your situation, take time to celebrate this family milestone!

      Let First-Gen Alli Hinman tell you what being a first generation student means to her.

      Read her testimonial

  • Resources for First Generation Students and Families

    Have questions? Here is a list of important phone numbers and emails to keep handy. 

    Admission Office – 614-236-6101     

    Financial Aid Office – 614-236-6511

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion – 614-236-6181

    Residential & Commuter Life – 614-236-6811

    Student Accounts (Billing) – 614-236-6123

    Student & Community Engagement – 614-236-6901

    Your success is important to us. Learn how we can help with the resources below. 

    • Academic Success (Peer tutoring) 
      At Academic Success we have one goal: to help you succeed. We’ll give you the services you need to shine in the classroom, in every subject and at every level.

    • Career Development 
      Career Development helps align students and alumni with employment opportunities. We help you figure out what you want to do, and then help you do it – with help resumé writing, booklets on job searching, internship-friendly businesses, and much more. 

    • Student Success (Student support) 
      Student Success advocates for students and families on campus who may be having a difficult time transitioning to college, and who may be struggling with personal issues that could be hindering academic progress.

    • Involvement opportunities 
      From the day you set foot on campus, you’ll find yourself in an inclusive, supportive community with students who are as much like you as they are different.

    • Faculty members  
      Here, your professors also serve as your academic advisors. They will know your name and miss you if you don’t come to class. They’ll demand your respect, but they’ll give it right back to you.