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First-Generation Student Services

The University of Rochester understands the importance of increasing the educational outcomes of first-generation college students (FG). The David T. Kearns Center leads the university’s efforts in these domains, with a goal of transforming lives through educational opportunity. The Kearns Center’s First-Generation Initiatives (FGI) aim to provide specific additional support to FG college students, who have lower retention and graduation rates than their peers, thus meeting both institutional and national goals for improved educational outcomes.

As the UR prepares to welcome its largest freshmen class, it also prepares to welcome the largest cohort of FG college students (~347; 22%). The Kearns Center, in its second year as the academic home to all FG college students, seeks to support this population, from freshman year to graduation, providing individual, group and cohort services designed to increase retention and graduation and improve academic standing. 

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

Visit the Academic Advisors at the Kearns Center located in Dewey Hall (4-160) during their walk-in hours!

Kearns Advisor Assignments by Last Name: 

Kearns Advisor



Last Names

Walk-in Hours

Kim Hunter

Dewey 4-143



2:30 PM-3:30 PM 


10 AM-11 AM

Melissa Raucci

Dewey 4-153



10 AM-11 AM


11:30 AM-1 PM

Stephon Hamell

Dewey 4-141



2 PM-4 PM


9 AM-11 AM

1st Gen Society

March 1, 2018 at 7pm in Friel Lounge

General Interest Meeting

Contact Pech Chhun