The School of Cinematic Arts’ First Gen Initiative is proud to welcome first generation college students who will be shaping the future of entertainment, media industries and media scholarship. We strive to create a community and network of resources for these students, to support them in-person and virtually, in their education and professional lives. 

Not sure if you’re First Gen? First generation college students are any individuals who are part of their family’s first generation to attend or complete college. 

SCA’s First Gen Initiative is designed to help students navigate the complexities of a virtual collegiate environment to help them succeed at USC.  We encourage any student who identifies as first generation or an ally to take advantage of our First Gen Initiative programming. We also welcome friends and supporters of first generation students. Any faculty or staff that identify as First Gen are also welcome to reach out and find out how you can get involved. 

To find out more information on First Gen meetings and events, please email The First Gen Initiative is part of the SCA Council for Diversity and Inclusion. 

First Gen resources on campus

First Gen Plus Resource Center

Student Basic Needs

USC Financial Aid

The Writing Center

Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

SCA’s Office of Industry Relations

Mental Health Services and Support

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