About First in the Family

First in Your Family. First Year at PLU.

The First in the Family community supports with first-generation students in their transition to PLU to promote academic success in their first year. PLU’s Admission Office defines “first generation” as: neither parent graduated from a four-year, degree-granting institution within the U.S. While students reside in the Community, they will develop their own definition of what it means to be a first-generation college student. Additionally, they will explore how their first-generation identity intersects with other identities, as well as how their identity affects their college experience.

Great For Residents Who ...

  • are the first in their families to attend college (first-generation students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year, degree-granting institution in the U.S.)
  • want to connect with resources that support their success in and out of the classroom during their transition to PLU

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in First in the Family, residents will be able to:

  • engage in opportunities to understand what it means to be a first-generation college student
  • share experiences about obstacles faced and how to overcome such challenges
  • build relationships with other first generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • participate in programming that supports college transition and success in their first year at PLU


Stuen Hall (two wings)

LC Supplemental Application Required?

Linked Course(s)

YES (for new First-Year residents)

First-year residents will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of social justice. A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community. Previous courses have included:

  • Democratic Citizenship | James Albrecht | FYEP 101 Section 05 | MWF 9:15-10:20 (2018-19)
  • Between the World and Me: Race and Identity in the United States | Angie Hambrick | FYEP 101 Section 28 | TR 11:50-13:35 (2018-19)
  • All Aboard! Adventures in Public Transportation | Rebecca Wilkin | FYEP 101 Section 19 | TR 11:50-13:35 (2018-19)

View the Fall 2018 Learning Community (LC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read these course descriptions and learn more about LC linked courses.

Upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events

Click below to see upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events


Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in First in the Family in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • #PLUFIF Series including: dinners with faculty, LC retreat, film screenings, and more!
  • Overnight hosts for prospective high school students who are first-generation college students
  • Visits to local high schools to talk about one’s experience in college
  • Panels on campus sharing stories about one’s experience as a first-generation college student
  • “Field trips” to campus resources like the Library, which includes the Writing Center and Academic Assistance


For more information about this Learning Community option you may contact:

Dhaval Patel, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | dpatel@plu.edu