About the Center

The Newbury Center opened its doors in January 2021 with the goal of fostering the holistic success of first-generation students at Boston University—students we refer to as “Terrier F1RSTS.” We aim to become a highly visible, transformative unit of the University, offering programming and services designed to ensure that first-generation students experience the same sense of well-being, belonging, self-efficacy, and academic accomplishment as their continuing-generation peers. The center is primarily funded by an endowment established with funds received from Newbury College, a private liberal arts college that served many first-generation students in nearby Brookline before closing its doors in 2019.

Specific initiatives include:

  • Support for navigating the financial aid system and developing financial literacy.
  • Programs and systems to help students know where to turn for academic support
    and how to make the best use of the many available resources that ensure academic
    success, such as writing programs and course selection advice.
  • Support for taking full advantage of internships and study abroad opportunities.
  • Cohort and mentoring programs to foster a sense of belonging.
  • Outreach to families to build understanding and shared commitment to academic
    success and cocurricular engagement.

Students

Part of fostering the first-generation student is providing them resources to help them succeed.

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Center News

Newbury Center Welcome and Orientation – Spring 2024

What is a first-generation undergrad student?  A student in the first generation of their family to go to college (i.e., a student whose parents/guardians/caregivers did not earn bachelor’s degrees, although elder siblings and cousins may be attending college already or have earned four-year degrees). What is a first-generation graduate/professional student?  A student whose parents/guardians/caregivers did […]

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Upcoming Events

First Generation Students Support Group

Day: Wednesday Apr 24th Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Center, Suite B18

First-Gen Fuel Up Friday

Day: Friday Apr 26th Time: 9:00am - 11:00am Newbury Center, 755 Commonwealth Ave, Suite B18

Terrier F1RSTS Together Pride Social

Day: Tuesday Apr 30th Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm 808 Commonwealth Ave., Floor 2, Suite 2M

First Generation Student Support Group

Day: Wednesday May 1st Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Center, Suite B18

First-Gen Fuel Up for Finals

Day: Thursday May 2nd Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Center, Suite B18

First Gen Graduation Pinning Ceremony

Day: Friday May 17th Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave

Terrier F1RSTS Advocates Module III Training for Faculty & Staff

Day: Tuesday May 21st Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Terrier F1RSTS Advocates Module III Training for Faculty & Staff

Day: Thursday Jun 6th Time: 10:00am - 11:00am