First-generation college students come to UIC because they have chosen to pursue higher education. They have been resilient. It has been a choice that was preceded by a lot of hard work on their part. Be proud of that identity. Embrace it as an asset.

Rosilie Hern√°ndez  |  Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome to First-at-LAS!

Are you one of the first in your family to attend a 4-year college? If so, you are not alone! 

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), thousands of students are first-generation college students. Many of our faculty and staff are also first-gen.

First-at-LAS will offer a number of new programs designed with first-generation college students in mind. Students will have opportunities to connect with faculty and staff who proudly identify as former first-generation college students, participate in mentoring programs that support the college journey, and engage in meaningful conversations around the first-generation college student experience.

LAS celebrates first-generation college students and the strengths and assets they bring to campus. Let us be part of your UIC experience!

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Tell Me Your Story

Being one of the first in your family to attend a 4-year college does not mean you have to do it on your own. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences we are here to listen, share advice, and connect you to resources and opportunities that will help you thrive.

Let’s have a conversation.

  • Build Personal Connections
  • Mentoring
  • Academic Success Strategies
  • Major & Career Exploration
  • Research Opportunities
  • Improved Grades
  • Knowledge of Resources & Services
  • Internships & Professional Pathways

Build your network. Find your way.

Learn about the Tell Me Your Story Campaign and get connected!


Adjusting to Online Courses: Tips to Get You Started!

Switching to an online work environment is an adjustment for everyone (including working professionals!). When your regular routine changes, it can become hard to find motivation and maintain structure. To help you with this transition, First-at-LAS did research and compiled a list of tips to help you finish out the semester. Remember, we are all in this together, and if we work together, we will get through this!

View the Guide!