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!


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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 Staff & Faculty Reception | April 19th, 2022

In an effort to recognize faculty and staff for their ongoing work as well as to facilitate connection, FirstGen@UVM annually invites first-gen faculty and staff to a First-gen Staff & Faculty Reception on.Tuesday, April 19th from 3:30-4:30pm in the John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. This afternoon gathering features good company, good snacks, and even some giveaways!

First-generation Graduation Reception | May 1st, 2022 

As first-generation students, you will be the first in your family to complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university. We celebrate this achievement and the endurance, self-advocacy, discovery, and resilience you demonstrated to get to where you are now. To commemorate your journey, FirstGen@UVM and UVM Firsts are excited to invite you to the inaugural First-generation Graduation Reception on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 from 11am-12:30pm in the Sugar Maple Ballroom. This will be an opportunity for you to celebrate your accomplishments in community through food, graduation headshots, and a first-generation student honor cord to be worn at your May graduation!

First-gen Honor Cord Distribution Days

Were you unable to pick up a First-gen honor cord during our May 1st Graduation Reception? If so, we invite you to  join us at the following dates and times at the Tutoring Center (244 Commons, Living/Learning Center) to pick one up for Commencement!

May 2nd – 10AM-11AM
May 9th – 10AM – 11AM

May 5th – 2PM-3PM
May 12th – 2PM-3PM

May 6th – 1PM-3PM
May 13th – 1PM-3PM
May 20th 1PM -3PM

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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!

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"Being a first-gen student is a huge part of my identity, so I'm always willing to help and introduce resources to students who have similar or different backgrounds as me. I'm also very grateful for this educational experience, and later want to work with first-gen students so I can give back to my community."
- Menuka Rai, she/her/hers
Nutrition and Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Contact Us

Instagram: FirstGenUVM
Admin Office: Living/Learning, A110