Date of Completion

Spring 4-26-2018

Thesis Advisor(s)

Daisy Reyes, PhD.

Honors Major

Urban and Community Studies


Chicana/o Studies | Higher Education | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latina/o Studies | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences


This exploratory study aims to address the unique experiences of Latinx first-generation college-going students during their undergraduate careers. Literature has emphasized the obstacles Latinx students face during admission phase to college; this research examines the experiences of students attending a predominantly white institution (PWI) in the northeast. Latinx individuals are the most underrepresented ethnic group on college campuses, and those whose parents lack knowledge of the US education system must overcome additional struggles. Through qualitative data analysis of 20 undergraduate students’ survey responses, this study finds that first-generation college-going Latinx students feel isolated in their college experience and prioritize non-traditional measures of success.