First-Generation Students

What is a first-generation student?

A first generation student is a college student whose parents or guardians did not complete a 4-year college degree.

Although this is our formal definition, we know that this is a nuanced identity. If you have more questions about how to define a first-generation student, you can find answers here.

First-generation students at the U of A

Here to Support You

We are so glad you’re here, and we want you to know that you may be the first, but you are certainly not alone at the U of A!  Almost 1 in 4 students at the U of A are first-generation students. We celebrate our first-generation students and appreciate the strengths and varied perspectives that they offer our community.  At the same time, we understand that you and your family might have more questions about navigating the university atmosphere, which includes policies, jargon and specific expectations that may seem overwhelming and intimidating. The Student Success Center has you covered. We are here to support you from enrollment through graduation.

First-generation Specific Resources:

360 Program

The 360 Program is an 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

First Generation Mentoring Program

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

Learn more about the mentoring program


The Accelerated Student Achievement Program (ASAP) is a two-year program of peer mentoring, professional advising, and academic support for first-generation college students from eastern Arkansas communities.

Learn more about ASAP


Other Important Resources:

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

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

The Multicultural Center (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 

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

The Offices of Career Connections provides many services including career counseling, resume and cover letter reviews, mock job and medical interviews, job search assistance, and career fairs. Learn more about the Career Connections

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

The Office of Student Activities provides an environment for involvement, empowerment, and collaboration through student organizations, programmatic experiences, and shared governance. OSA can help maximize your student experience. Learn more about the OSA

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 VC