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The Academic Impacts of Completing a First-Year Seminar on First-Generation College Students

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A 2018 landscape analysis suggested that through collaborative partnerships on college campuses, high impact practices for student support should be established by institutions to further enhance first-generation student success while in college (Whitley et al., 2018). First Year Seminars, or FYSs, are one type of offering that teach critical learning opportunities for first-generation students, and have been shown to increase matriculation into the second year of study and overall GPA (Sidle & McReynolds, 2009). This study explores the academic outcomes of a University first-generation student cohort from its matriculation through graduation, and the impact of FYS participation on the cohort's academic achievement.