• 35 % of all LAS students are first-generation college students.*

  • 52 % of all UIC undergraduate first-generation college students are in LAS.*

Welcome to First-at-LAS!

First-at-LAS is a new program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) that aims to support the academic success of our first-generation college students (FGS) – students who may be one of the first in their families to attend college.

In LAS, thousands of students identify as first-generation college students, along with many of our faculty and staff. As a college, we recognize their commitment to higher education and celebrate the many strengths and assets they bring to campus.

In First-at-LAS, we are proud to offer programs, resources, and materials that enhance and enrich students’ LAS and UIC experience. We also provide LAS faculty and staff with first-gen data, research, and literature, along with opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

Be sure to browse our site to learn about our initiatives, and join the first-gen conversation!

Investing in FGS holistic well-being. Investing in FGS academic achievement. Investing in FGS future professional success. This is First-at-LAS!

Dr. Rosilie Hernandez | Proud First-Gen Faculty

“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. They should be proud of that identity. Embrace it as an asset.”

Learn her story. Listen to her advice. Discover First-at-LAS!

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*The data is based on fall 2020 student numbers. To learn how we define first-generation college students and view additional college data and reports, please visit our Data & Reports webpage.