Did you know that nearly 30% of new UCA students are first-gen?

Many faculty members at UCA were also first-gen college students. If you are, too, then you’re in great company!


What is “First Gen?”

“First generation student” means that your parent(s) did not complete a 4-year college or university degree, no matter whether or not the rest of your family did.  If that’s you, our FirstGen@UCA Program is here to help you succeed in your efforts to earn your degree.  Many First Gen students are academically ready for college, but have many questions about HOW to do college.  FirstGen@UCA can help answer those questions.  So ask your questions! Please let us know how to help you!  Be proud that you are First2Go!

Hear from Itzel, a first-generation student, about her experience with FirstGen@UCA and UCA F1RSTs!


Get involved with other first generation students!

UCA's FirstsThe First-Generation Scholars Society (UCA’s F1RSTs) purpose is to provide a place for first-generation students and their supporters to come together and share experiences. This organization provides resources, services, and programs to assist first-gen students in their success at UCA. We are a departmental-registered student organization (RSO) created to provide a support system of students helping students navigate through college. Click on the image on the left for more details about UCA’s F1RSTs. 

To join, add yourself to our GroupMe using this link UCA’s F1RSTs or email

You can also connect with us on Cub Connect!! CLICK HERE

Fill out this connect card to keep in touch with the first generation programs at UCA.





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UCA and the Office of Student Success are happy to support and serve anyone who identifies as first-generation.  See below for some of our programs and resources.  Still have questions?  See our FirstGen@UCA Resources page for more information on resources for FirstGen students.  

FirstGen Faculty & Staff Stories