First-generation students | Mount Allison

First-generation students are the first students in their families to attend university.

To help ease your transition to university, Mount Allison's 1st Up program runs several programs, activities, and events.


1st UP: First-Generation Programming

We are here to help you access university services and answer any questions you might have. Programming includes mentorships, peer support, preview days, and more.

Faculty mentorship program

1st STEP: Student Transitions in Education program pairs first-gen students with faculty mentors who were also the first in their families to go to university.

Faculty mentors help students navigate their transition to university, coach them through grant applications and course selection, and eventually prepare for the transition to grad school or the workforce.

Interested in participating? Email

Student club

The First-Gen Den is a social group run by first-gen students for first-gen students. Along with providing social support they also provide academic, social, and educational events.

Students can join the First-Gen Den during the MASU Clubs and Societies Fair at the start of the academic year. You can also follow them on Instagram @firstgenden.

First-gen workshops

Offered through the year, these workshops explore tips and tricks to help you navigate life at university.

Preview Days for first-generation students

Mount Allison organizes two days of activities just for first-gen students to familiarize them with the university and Mount Allison community.

Students will participate in hands-on workshops on:

  • what to expect at university
  • first gen student support programs
  • where to find free academic resources and support
  • navigating financial aid
  • accessing campus resources
  • advising and registration support
  • residence life

You will be able to connect with other first generation students through activities like an overnight stay in residence, a trip to Sackville's Farmer's Market, and a tour of campus, including your actual classrooms.

You and your parents are also invited to attend a dinner reception with Mount A staff and professors. These professors were themselves first generation students, and many are part of a first generation student mentor program.

Questions? Contact academic support at

For parents of first-generation students

Preview Days are not just for students — we have information and activities for parents, too. Parents of first generation students are invited to attend an information sessions. Following the information session will be a reception for first generation students, parents, staff, and first gen Mount A faculty. You will have a chance to chat with the professors and staff who will be working with your children next year.

Accommodations can be made to stay overnight in residence, at a reduced rate. Parents will be housed in a separate wing from students.

Other student supports

Academic support

Mount Allison provides a host of academic resources to help with your transition to university.

Financial aid

We are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals by providing financial assistance and counselling.

Health and wellness

Several services are available on campus to support your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.