Undergraduate Colleges First-Generation Student Programs & Services

First Generation Student Programs & Services

33% of higher ed students today are the first in their family to attend college 
- U.S. Department of Education

The Undergraduate Colleges aim to provide a supportive community for our first-generation students from the time that you transition into college through the turning of your tassel at commencement.  Our goal is to empower first-generation students to successfully navigate the college experience through supportive programs, access to a community of first-generation students, staff, and faculty, and leadership opportunities.

In preparing for the Fall 2020 Quarter, we plan to welcome back students, faculty and staff through an incremental repopulation of campus. Student services and programs will be available remotely and, when possible, in-person in compliance with UC San Diego’s physical-distancing and face-covering policies.

All College Programs

First-Gen Social Hour

Join the Undergraduate Colleges for First-Gen Social Hour programs for a chance to connect with other first-gen students, staff, and faculty from across UC San Diego in a fun and casual atmosphere.  With a focus on community connections, sharing tips and tricks for success at UC San Diego, and unlocking the "mysteries" of campus life, our programs are designed with you in mind! 


Let's Get Involved! Inter-College First-Gen Event

Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 pm | Register and Participate via Zoom: 929 0561 8649

College is also about what you do outside of the classroom, join us to learn about the benefits of getting involved and how to get connected. 


Let's Get Real! Inter-College First-Gen Event

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 4:30-5:30 pm | Register and Participate via Zoom: 99828404445

Remote learning on the quarter system can be quite the transition, join us to learn tips, strategies, and resources for your upcoming quarter.

College First Gen Programs & Groups

Just like the Colleges, every First-Gen student is unique - this is why we provide both College-wide and College-specific programming, opportunities, organizations, and leadership opportunities. 

We hope that you will form a connection to your College First-Gen community AND Join us to network across campus.

Campus Partners

The Undergraduate Colleges frequently collaborate with other departments at UC San Diego to bring you programs, resources, and connections.  Check out some of our MVPs - Most Valuable (Campus) Partners!

UCSD First Generation Student Alliance

UC San Diego's own First-Generation Student Organization!  To learn more or get involved, visit like them on Facebook!

Student Retention & Success

Home to the Transfer Hub and Transfer Peer Coaching, Transfer Student Success provides resources, services, and programs to empower Triton Transfers to achieve their goals as they navigate UC San Diego's academic and cultural landscape. Learn more about their staff and programs.