First-Generation Cardinal

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Are You a First Generation Student?

If neither of your parents/guardians hold a four-year university degree, then you are a first generation (first gen) student even if you have a sibling who is attending college or graduating ahead of you. As a first gen student, you have what it takes to succeed, but sometimes financial, family, academic or work pressures can make the first gen student experience particularly challenging.

The First-Generation Cardinal Community provides first-generation students the unique opportunity to live in an inclusive environment that encourages their academic and personal success. By providing a support system and fostering a sense of belonging, students in this community will be able to successfully transition into college life. Participants will be able to live amongst and interact with other incoming first-generation students who are also beginning their higher education journey at the University of Louisville.

Who can apply?

  • Any first-year student who identifies as a First-Generation student

What are the member benefits?

  • Connection to a community designed specifically for First-Generation students
  • Increased sense of community as a student at UofL
  • Increased commitment to complete your degree
  • Opportunities to work closely with other first-generation peers and participate together in relevant academic and social programming
  • Increased opportunities to work closely with faculty and staff
  • Expanded access to academic and personal resources on campus, including the first generation student group

Required Courses:

Gen 100 (SSC Orientation)


This LLC is housed in Threlkeld Hall.

For questions regarding the First-Generation Cardinal LLC, please contact Olivia Langston at .