Who is First-Generation?

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Generally, a first-generation college student refers to a student with neither parent nor guardian having earned a four-year degree from a US college.

In LAS thousands of students self-identify as first-gen. Many LAS faculty, academic advisors, and staff also are first-gen. In LAS, we celebrate our first-gen community and the strengths and assets they bring to campus.

  • 44% Of first-year LAS students entering Fall 2019 are first-gen college students

  • 34% Of all LAS undergraduate students are first-gen college students

  • 55% Of all first-gen college students at UIC are in LAS