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First-Generation Student Bootcamp

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Talented, high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors who identify as first-generation are invited to apply to participate in the First-Generation Student Bootcamp on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus.

  • We are finalizing 2022 details, so please check back later.
  • All First-Generation Student Bootcamp programs are free of cost to students!
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg campus.

The First-Generation Student Bootcamp (FGSB) is a free three-day residential program designed to increase college student diversity, promote student empowerment, build community through service, and help students develop a college and/or career plan. Research confirms that many students from first-generation and lower income families struggle with a difficult transition from high school to college. Our program will provide resources that will enhance the success of first-generation students as they prepare to attend college. Our program will also strengthen inclusion in the local community and encourage volunteerism among first-generation students.


The mission of First-Generation Student Support is to advance first-generation student success through partnerships that contribute to academic success, leadership development, and through services that build community, increase student engagement and promote retention. First-Generation Student Support creates an environment for first-generation students that welcomes diverse ideas and cultures that promotes lifelong learning, instills values and cultivates a strong academic identity.

Benefits of attending First-Generation Student Bootcamp

  • Student engagement with various academic disciplines through hands-on learning and workshops within the context of the first-generation student experience.
  • College life experiences of residential living, campus dining, collaborative projects in university classrooms and engagement with Virginia Tech's faculty, staff, and students.
  • Workshops on navigating and completing the college application process and applying for scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students embrace the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by completing a service learning project with university and local partnerships.
  • Explore Virginia Tech departments and organizations to build lasting connections.
  • Learn about campus and  local resources available to students.
  • Engage in fun team building activities in our culturalrecreational, and student centers.

Dates and Deadlines

Application closes: TBD

Notification of acceptance: TBD

Confirm attendance: TBD

Unofficial Transcripts due: TBD


  1. Must be a rising junior in high school
  2. Must be a first-generation student
  3. Must have a 2.75 or above grade point average (GPA)
  4. Must have an interest in attending Virginia Tech
  5. Must be highly motivated and academically curious


  • FGBC can accommodate 30 students.
  • Preference is given to first-generation students.
  • Preference is given to students showing interest or aptitude in a current degree granting program offered at Virginia Tech through academic or extracurricular activities.
  • Students will be notified of final decisions by email on April 10.

Application Requirements

  • Personal information
  • Contact information
  • Demographic information
  • Family information
  • High school information
  • Awards/ Recognitions (if available)
  • Extracurricular Activities, jobs or any community involvement.
  • PSAT or SAT/ACT scores (if available)
  • Academics
    • Students will self-report their GPA and the current core classes enrolled in (English, Math, Science, History).
  • One short essay
    • Essay 1 - Essay Question: This program is for high achieving, academically curious first-generation students who are interested in learning more about the college experience. Please indicate why you should be selected for this program. (120 word max)


What to Pack

  • Sheets, pillowcase, pillow and blanket (twin bed)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Closed toed shoes or sneakers - Some of the spaces we will be entering require shoes with closed toes.
  • Rain gear – Please bring an umbrella and/or a raincoat just in case of rain.
  • Business attire - 2 sets
  • Also, here is a guide on business casual attire from our Career and Professional Development department.
  • Casual clothing -3 sets
  • Exercise clothing - We will go to the Recreation Center at least one evening.
  • Snacks - Please refrain from bringing snacks with any type of nuts.
  • Any necessary medications
  • Washcloth and towel (4 sets)
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb/brush, shower-cap, hair products, shower shoes, sunscreen
  • Phone chargers - Please do not bring laptops/ipads/tablets or other expensive items
  • Baseball hat or cap
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Mask Policy

As of August 10, 2021, Virginia Tech will require masks for indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. As of now, there is no requirement for masks in outdoor settings. This aligns Virginia Tech with the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For additional information on this requirement, please see this website. Visit the VT Ready page for current COVID-related news, resources, and updates for the Virginia Tech community.

First-Generation Student Bootcamp is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, College Access Collaborative, and First-Generation Student Support.


Students will be notified of final decisions by email on April 10, 2022 and must submit parent permission and health history and forms by May X, 2022. Students who must cancel their program confirmation must do so by May X, 2022 at x:00 pm. No shows will not be permitted to participate in College Access Collaborative on-campus programs for one year.

In the unlikely event that an in-person program is cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, the university cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

For weather or disaster-related program cancellation or postponement information, please watch the admissions home page or our social media channels. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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