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

First Generation Iowa group

The student organization helps to provide a welcoming atmosphere and support to new and returning first generation students; to provide a combination of social, academic, and service opportunities for members; aid student transition from high school to college, and to introduce them to the many campus resources and opportunities available. This group also connects new first-generation college students with other first-generation college students across campus. 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. Learn more..

TRIO Student Support Services

Academic and student success office serving 350 students at UI, serving primarily first generation, low income students. Learn more...