Students whose parents did not attend college are often referred to as first-generation students. This term may also apply to those students who are immigrants to the United States.
Many colleges recognize that, in some cases, firstgeneration students have special needs when they apply to college and begin their studies. Some of these colleges have set up special programs that help make college more accessible to people who thought they would never be able to attend college.
Students with Disabilities
The number of students with physical and learning disabilities has increased in recent years. Colleges are now more accessible than ever to students with special needs. Ramps, elevators, and other conveniences have been added. Academic and other special services for students have been added as well.
Medical advances, legal protections, and cultural changes have opened doors for many students with disabilities. Technology, especially computers, is a big part of the story, too. Not too long ago, people with disabilities were often looked at in terms of what they could not do. The focus today is more often on what people can accomplish regardless of their disabilities.