This is a group of members in 2016-2017 around the Cornell sign

As a small liberal-arts college, Cornell provides a great environment for first-generation college students.  You have close contact with faculty and staff, small class sizes, and academic challenge which is just what first-generation students need.  And, as a first-generation student, you already have many qualities that prime you for success – independence, an ability to take initiative, social skills, and an excellent work ethic.

Even if you have a very supportive family, your loved ones may lack information about what is necessary in college and about the variety of careers that are available for you once you graduate.  We want to make sure that you take advantage of all of the pre-professional experiences available at Cornell.

And, we want you to meet some of the other incredible first-generation students at Cornell and faculty and staff who are first-generation graduates!

The Rise Up application is quick to fill out. 

Rise Up workshops and other activities are scheduled outside of regular class hours, athletic practices, and fine-arts rehearsals.  Cornell students are busy, so we do our best to have high impact while taking a minimum of your time.  

The Rise Up program at Cornell is supported by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.