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First Gen at UW

Are you the first one in your family to go to college? Did you know that nearly 32 percent of undergraduate students enrolled across our three UW campuses are first-generation students?

Upcoming Opportunities

Spring into Year 2! - Monday, April 19, 2021 - 5:00-6:00 p.m. PT - Register for the Event Here

Get inspired by listening in on an Alumni Panel who were involved at the UW and hear how those experiences supported their paths! We will also walk through materials to help you identify what motivates you and what next steps you could take to get involved in co-curricular experiences with an option for those who attend to sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions for additional support.

(***We'll have giveaways - must be present to claim!)

Ways to Engage in the Community 

We are here to support you and help you find a community at UW. Here are a couple of tips to start you off. 

1. First-Gen Updates List - Opt-in to stay informed about first-gen specific events and resources. 

2. National First-Gen Celebration Day - Mark your calendar for November 8, 2020, to celebrate your amazing accomplishment of going to college as a first-generation student! Be on the lookout for more information in your email about events and activities.

Tips from current UW first-gen students:

  1. Talk to your adviser, especially during your first quarter. Share with them that you are first-gen and don’t be afraid to ask questions

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your professors and teaching assistants. Being proactive can help you feel less intimidated and overwhelmed.

  3. Research and know your resources. UW has resources for so many things -- and a lot of them are here in this Husky Guide -- but they can pass you by if you don’t look for them.


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