First-Generation Programs

Firt Gen CommunityAre You a First Generation Student?

If neither of your parents/guardians have a 4-year university degree, then you’re 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.

What Resources Are Available to First Gen Students?

The Student Success Center understands the unique challenges and opportunities today’s first gen students face, and we encourage you to take advantage of these resources:

  • Generation Cardinal Living-learning Community (coming in fall 2020)
    You can take advantage of an enhanced and personalized learning experience by being part of a learning community geared specifically toward first-gen students. Meet and take classes with other students who share this identity and gain additional support navigating the college transition.

  • Generation Cardinal student group meet-ups
    This student group is open to any first-gen student from any major or academic year. It meets monthly in the Student Success Center to provide resources, information and networking opportunities with students who may share similar experience as you. Lunch and refreshments are provided while you get to know other first-gen students and participate in informative and fun activities.

    READY Mentoring with PNC Bank
    READY Mentoring matches first-generation, low-income, first-year students with community professionals for one-on-one mentoring in the Student Success Center. Mentors can help ease your transition to college and discuss strategies for success in college and in life. Incoming first-year students who meet the criteria for participation will be invited to sign up via UofL email before the fall 2020 semester begins.

  • Student Success Coordinator support
    Student Success Coordinators are here to help you solve problems and develop solutions. Coordinators work collaboratively with faculty and other staff to provide guidance and support if you're experiencing academic, financial or personal difficulties.