What does it mean to be a first generation student?
- A first generation student is any student whose parents have not completed a 4-year degree.
- A first generation student is not simply the first in their family to go to college. Even if a student has a sibling who has gone to college or completed a 4-year degree, the student is still considered first generation.
First generation by the numbers
- There are over 4,000 "first-gen" students at the University of Iowa (~1200 in the 2016-2017 incoming first-year class)
- An estimated 32% of college students across the U.S. are first generation
The 1stGen@Iowa initiative aims to bring awareness to campus and work towards a strategic, collective approach to celebrating and supporting first-generation students. While the First-Generation Task Force serves as the foundational basis of this important initiative, the movement is campus-wide and relies on institutional commitment from key leaders and multiple campus partners for success. Learn more..
UI Center for Diversity & Enrichment
The UI Center for Diversity & Enrichment coordinates a variety of campus programs and services designed to create a welcoming environment for underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, and students from low-income families. They offer one-on-one student support, coaching, and workshops to help facilitate student success and retention.
TRIO Student Support Services
Academic and student success office serving 350 students at UI, serving primarily first generation, low income students.