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First Generation Students

You Might be a First Gen

If neither of your parents or guardians have completed a four-year degree, you are!

You’re embarking on an adventure that could change your life forever. As daunting as it may be, this path is filled with exciting opportunities and possibilities. On this page, we will help you understand what it means to be a first generation college student and provide you with resources to make your college experience the best it can be.

Asian graduate poses with family at commencement

First Gen Support

You're not alone. More than 50% of our undergraduates are first generation college students. Here are some resources specifically for UW-Green Bay first generation college students.

Get Started

Get with the program! Our Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program helps you navigate college in your first year.

GPS Program

Get Support

Find academic and social support resources, like learning "college speak," by signing up for our newsletter and much more.

First Gen Resources

Get Involved

Join in our first generation welcoming events and celebrate your accomplishments during First Generation Students Week.

Events for You

First Gen Student, Isabel Gosse
Isabel Is a First Gen Student

Elementary Education major Isabel Gosse is a first generation student at the UW-Green Bay, Green Bay campus.

Up To the Challenge

Starting college for the first time can be challenging. Without a parent that can show to the way, it can be even more difficult. You may feel like you have to figure out how to apply for financial aid or register for classes all on your own. You are not alone. Staff, faculty and even some of your peers are here to provide you and your family the information and tools you need to navigate college. Together, we'll help you build the skills and networks you need to succeed in college.

Ask Student Services

The UWGB Mentoring project


Our mentoring program can help connect you with professional mentors who can help you set goals and serve as a trusted role model to support you through tough times.

Mentoring Program

First Gen Phoenix Student Org

Join the Club

Connect with fellow peers, faculty and staff to help you adapt to college life. First Gen Phoenix meets during the school year on Tuesdays at 5:30pm in the 1965 Room University Union.

First Gen Phoenix

R.E. Small Hall marked on a map

Living Learning

Build a support network and lifelong friendships with others experiencing a similar transition to college in our first generation housing where you live on the same floor and can attend class together too.

R.E. Small Hall

Pathfinder Program

If you are part of the first-generation in your family to go to college, this two-day program can help you learn the campus layout, meet people and more.

Get with the Program

Paige Anderson Research Assistant

Be Brave. Go For It.

"Go for whatever opportunities UWGB has to offer. Even if you don't think you're going to get the position—the internship, the research assistantship—go for it. ...There's no reason you shouldn't go for it. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. So, please just go for it. Be brave. Take the shot to do it because it's paid off in the long run and it will continue to do so."

Paige Anderson '21
Former Research Assistant, PANE Lab
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Erin Van Daalwyk

Need Help?

As a first gen student, you're a trailblazer, and that's something to be incredibly proud of. But it's also okay and sometimes necessary to ask for help. We're here.

Contact Us