UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
It takes a lot of courage and determination to try new things, to be FIRST. This includes being among the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. We know it can be intimidating for even the bravest first-gen students, but know that you are NOT the only one here.
And we here, at UWRF, want to acknowledge it. Be proud of your accomplishments!
At UWRF, First Generation status is determined based upon your parent(s)/guardian(s). If neither of your parent(s)/guardian(s) received a four-year bachelor's degree or higher, you classify as First Gen. You still count as First Gen if one/both of your parent(s)/guardian(s) received some college education or an associate's degree.
If they are not your guardian, their educational background does not affect whether or not you classify as a First Generation student.
First Gen Week
Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9
Follow along here and on social media for First Gen facts and stories!
Stop by the Student Support Services office (Rodli Hall, second floor) for First Gen merch!
These programs cater to First Generation students and can help with either the first transitional year to college or the entire college experience.
First Generation students qualify to be a part of Student Support Services/TRIO. This program is continual throughout your time at UWRF and you can receive one-on-one academic coaching, leadership and community service opportunities, career/graduate school advising, opportunities to participate in social/cultural activities, financial literacy, and assistance with accessing campus services. Click on the bolded SSS/TRIO title above to find out more about this program and how you can apply.
First Generation students also qualify to be a part of the ASPIRE Program, housed under the Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. This first-year program matches you up with an upper class mentor throughout your first year at UWRF. The unique part of this program is that by attending events and informational sessions, you can earn up to $500 to go toward study abroad, undergraduate research, or internships! Click on the bolded ASPIRE Program title above to find out more about this program and how you can apply.