First-generation students—the first in their families to attend college—bring a unique perspective to the Cornell campus. These students are trailblazers, overcomers, achievers, dreamers, and fighters. And they're no small group; 19.9% of the students in the incoming class of 2026 identified as first-generation college students.
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