First Gen Students

First2Go for “First Generation” Students

“First generation student” means you are one of the first in your immediate family to go to college, and that neither of your parents or guardians earned a college degree.  If that’s you, UCA’s First2Go Program is here to help you succeed in your efforts to earn your degree!


First2Go Peer Coach Summer Outreach

UCA Peer Coaches will be contacting many of our newest First Generation students throughout late Spring and Summer to help with the transition into the UCA community. New students admitted for Summer or Fall 2018 who live in our current target areas (Faulkner County, Pulaski County, Saline County, and White County) will receive information from the Peer Coaches to help answer questions they might have (and some they didn’t even know they had) about UCA and getting enrolled for Fall semester.  All First Gen students attending SOAR should be sure to stop by the Student Success table for a goody bag!

Not a resident of our target counties but want to participate? No problem!  Simply email and ask to be included in the First2Go Outreach program!   


First 2Go Awareness Campaign Week

September 17-21, 2018

First-generation college students who earn a degree have the ability not only to change their own lives, but also the lives of their family members and their communities.  The more we know about their strengths and challenges, the more we can support them.

See UCA First Gen Faculty and Staff share their own stories (click)

The First2Go Awareness Campaign is a campus-wide event that seeks to raise awareness of the challenges faced by first-generation college students, as well as highlight resources available to our first gen students. During the First2Go Campaign, faculty, staff, and students are invited to show their support by wearing their First 2 Go button, and sharing their own success stories.  Campus groups and departments are invited to organize events related to first-generation student success.

First2Go is sponsored by the Office of Student Success, the Department of Student Transitions, the UCA Family Network, Student Services, Academic Advising Center, Office of Diversity & Community,  Learning Communities, and Housing & Residence Life.

Schedule of Events (September 17-21, 2018)
  • Monday: Show your support for first-generation college students with a First2Go button, available today at the Student Center or in the Student Success Office (Old Main 104).
  • Tuesday: Check out our resources on first-generation college students, including videos of UCA First Gen community members!
  • Wednesday: First Gen faculty and staff share their own stories in class, in the office, everywhere!
  • Thursday: Celebrate First2Go! UCA’s first-generation college students have stories to share with our community. Make plans to attend today’s panel of faculty, staff, and students to hear more about their experiences. X-Period, Fireplace Room, McCastlain Hall.


Scholarships for First2Go

UCA Supports our First2Go!!  Follow the link for more information on the new Arch Ford Scholars scholarship program for first generation Bears.


Resources for First Gen students:

First Generation Student website

First Gen Students Need Mentors (article/video)

Research about First Gen student challenges/opportunities:

Transforming the First Generation College Student Toolkit

The Importance of Advising for First Gen Student Success

Additional articles & studies:

Engle, J., Bermeo, A. and O’Brien, C. (2010) Straight from the Source: What Works for First Generation College Students. Retrieved 10/16/2012, from

Engle, J. and Tinto, V. Moving Beyond Access: College Success for Low-Income, First-Generation Students.  Retrieved 10/16/2012, from

Saenz, V.,Hurtado S., Barrera D., Wolf D., Yeung, F. Higher Education Research Institute. First in My Family: A Profile of First-Generation College Students at Four-Year Institutions Since 1971.  Retrieved 10/31/12, from

Nunez, A., and Cuccaro-Alamin, S. (1998) First-Generation Students: Undergraduates Whose Parents Never Enrolled in Postsecondary Education. Retrieved 10/16/2012 from

Laura Rendon. Life on the Border. Retrieved 03/11/15 from