North Central College CARDINAL FIRST

North Central College CARDINAL FIRST

CARDINAL FIRST is a program intended to build a sense of community amount our first generation students, faculty and staff and also to provide a structured approach aimed at enhancing each student’s academic success, personal development and professional growth.

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I really wish we had a program like this when I was an undergraduate. While the challenges of being a first-generation college student can be significant, the opportunities are nearly infinite. I’m energized by engaging with our latest generation of first-generation students as they embark on their own unique journeys.”

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science