First-Generation Students

What is a first-generation student?

A first-generation student is a college student who is the first in their family to graduate from college (i.e., one or more parent does not have a four-year college degree).

First-generation students at the U of A

First-generation students are something to celebrate!

As a first-generation student, you and your family might have more questions about navigating the university atmosphere, which includes policies, jargon, and specific expectations which might be intimidating and overwhelming at first. The Student Success Center is here to support you from enrollment through graduation.

Programs to Support You:

360 Program

The 360 Program is a centerpiece initiative of the Student Success Center that offers one-on-one support for students’ academic transition, financial planning, social engagement and wellness during their time at the U of A.

Learn more about the 360 Program

Academic Advising

Academic advising services are offered differently across campus to meet the unique needs of the different colleges and their students.

Learn more about advising 

Academic Support

The Student Success Center offers several opportunities for you to get the academic support you need, with flexibility tailored to your preferences.

Academic Coaching

Supplemental Instruction


Writing Studio

Career Development Center

The career center provides many services including career counseling, resume and cover letter reviews, mock job and medical interviews, job search assistance, career fairs, company information sessions, career assessments, Skype interview room reservations, career exploration classes, graduate school counseling, CTR coaching, selecting a major assistance, and LinkedIn profile reviews and photo sessions.

Learn more about the CDC

Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education

The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education (MC) provides academic, cultural and social programs intended to promote inclusiveness, foster achievement and assist in the development and advancement of a diverse student body.

Learn more about the MC 

New Student & Family Programs

The Office of New Student & Family Programs connects students and their families to the University of Arkansas campus and community by providing diverse, innovative programs and resources that support a successful collegiate experience.

Learn more about NSFP

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities provides an environment for involvement, empowerment, and collaboration through student organizations, programmatic experiences, and shared governance.

Learn more about the OSA

Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid assists students with financial-related questions and issues and college funding opportunities.

Learn more about financial aid 

Volunteer Action Center

The Volunteer Action Center (VAC) is a student led organization that connects University of Arkansas students to volunteering opportunities in the northwest Arkansas. 

Learn more about the VCA

New Student? No Problem.

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New Student and Family Programs has a new podcast for new and current students! We will be discussing the ins and outs of being a new student – things to do, tips and tricks, insider scoops and more. Follow @uarkwelcomeweeks so you can be the first to know when the next episode drops! 

Episode 3: First-Generation College Students - (Nov. 2, 2020) - 35 minutes

In this episode, we get to celebrate First Generation College Students at the University of Arkansas. We chatted with four different first-generation students as they shared tips, tricks, resources and their stories of what their journeys look like as a college student. Whether you are a high school senior scared of making your transition, a seasoned college junior needing a little extra help, or simply a first-generation student ally, this podcast has something for you.