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!