This is the logo for the First Generation Campaign at UWRF. It is a horizontal photo with a white background and red and black letters that say First Gen UWRF.

Student Support Services

First Gen at UWRF

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. 

40% of UWRF students are First Gen!

And we here, at UWRF, want to acknowledge it. Take a button, attend events, and be proud of your accomplishments! 

How do I know if I am a First Generation student?

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.

But what if my sibling/grandparent/aunt completed a bachelor'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 Generation Student Resource Fair
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
University Center

More details to come!

Where can I get a button?

This is a picture of the First Generation at UWRF button. It is a red button with a black and white 'I am First Gen UWRF' logo. Buttons can be obtained at the Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (located in the cubicles in the Involvement Center, University Center) and Student Support Services (located on the bottom floor of Davee Library).

First Gen Video Series

Introduction Video
What does first gen mean to you?

Check out these programs!

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.

Aspire Program
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. 

What do you wish you would have known when you first came to college?
What would you say to incoming/current first gen students?

Contact Us

Student Support Services
105 Davee Library

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