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FirstGen@UVM is a new program dedicated to supporting first-generation students at the University of Vermont. 

UVM defines first-generation college students as those for whom no parent or guardian completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university.

As a program within the Center for Academic Success, we are guided by a shared commitment to student success, academic growth and equitable access to education and support. With respect for multiple perspectives and identities, we aspire to promote student autonomy and interdependence within the University community. 

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Make Connections: Be a part of FirstGen@UVM

Explore the growing opportunities to connect with UVM's first-generation community, engage with UVM's student club dedicated to first-gen students at UVM, explore community profiles, and submit your story to be featured across our FirstGen@UVM's Spotlight Series.

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A signature part of FirstGen@UVM's mission is to facilitate connections between those with this shared identity. In order to do this, we encourage our community to self-identify as first-generation via one of the following methods.

  • Student Self-Identification and Interests Form. If you identify as a first-generation student and would like to join our community, please indicate your interests around FirstGen@UVM participation via the link above. 
  • Staff and Faculty FirstGen@UVM Self-Identification and Interests Form. UVM defines first-generation college students (and therefore staff and faculty) as those for whom no parent or guardian completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university. If you identify as first-generation and would like to join our community, and indicate your interests around FirstGen@UVM participation, please submit your information via the linked form above.

FirstGen@UVM Spotlight Series

Our FirstGen@UVM Spotlight series is made for the community, by the community. This series will feature members of our First-gen community and increase the visibility of our First-generation community here at UVM. If you are interested in being featured, we invite you (as a current or former First-generation student) to tell us about your journey as a first-generation student. To submit your information visit Meanwhile, visit our instagram to get to know your first-gen community!


Get Involved: Events and opportunities

Mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on all things FirstGen@UVM! Explore our programs and featured events, and let us know what you'd like to see offered throughout the academic year.

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Looking for ways to connect with UVM's first-generation community? Here are a few ways to get started.

First-gen Celebration Day | November 8th | 11:00AM - 2:00PM | Davis Center Atrium (1st floor)

First-Gen Day flyerWe hope you joined us for FirstGen@UVM's inaugural First-gen Celebration Day! UVM joined colleges and universities across the nation to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our Davis Center celebration included community-building, self-identification support, wellness and student financial services drop-ins ... and free cider and doughnuts! First-gen students, staff, and faculty encouraged to attend every year.

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UVM Firsts Student Organization

Undergraduate students are encouraged to join UVM's newest first-generation student organization, UVM Firsts! To learn more, and to participate in their weekly meetings, visit them on instagram.

Submit your ideas!

Is there an event you would find meaningful or helpful as a first-generation student? Let us know! Email your suggestions.


FirstGen@UVM Spotlight Series: Meet Menuka!

"Being a first-generation college student means opportunities and challenges. Challenges come from not having the prior resources and knowledge about college, the application process, and community networking. However, lack of knowledge and resources allows me to push my boundaries and work harder to reach a similar level as others. I've learned that it is a rollercoaster ride but once you get used to it, you will enjoy every high and low."
- Menuka Rai, she/her/hers
Nutrition and Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Contact Us

Instagram: FirstGenUVM
Admin Office: Living/Learning, A110