U 1.0 FAQs

Who are first-generation students?

While there is no universal definition for “first-generation college student”, we define first-generation as “students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not completed a 4-year degree at a college or university in the United States.” Regardless of definition, the First Generation Community here at UW-Milwaukee welcomes you!

If my sibling(s) went to college, does that mean I am not first-generation?

You are still a first-generation (1G). The important part is that your parents/legal guardians have not completed a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. That makes you first-generation.

How many first-generation students are at UW-Milwaukee?

At UW-Milwaukee, 39% of our student body are self-identified as first-generation. You are not alone!

How are first-generation college students’ experiences different?

First-generation college students face many unique challenges that affect their access and success in college. Some key barriers are lack of financing, lack of academic preparation, and lack of encouragement and support to attend college. For Immigrants and English Language Learners (ELL), these barriers often include limited English proficiency, as well as lack of knowledge about the American system of higher education. Many often require more developmental coursework and have less confidence in their academic abilities. They tend to perform at lower levels and have lower persistence rates compared to their peers as they are less likely to engage in academic and social experience associated with success in college.

Are there scholarships for first-generation college students?

Yes, please visit our scholarships page for more information.

I want to learn more about ways to support first-generation students at UW-Milwaukee, what resources do you offer?

UW-Milwaukee’s first-generation community, U1.0, is sponsored by the Inclusive Excellence Center (IEC) and is dedicated to providing supports and advocacy to first-generation students.

U1.0 offers various programs such as the annual U1.0 Kickoff, First Generation Week, and biweekly workshops throughout the academic year. Some of the workshops are for students to connect and others are to inform faculty and staff about best practices in working with first-generation students. For more information please contact Mai Yer Yang (iecenter@uwm.edu).

Are there ways to connect with others at UW-Milwaukee who are first-generation?

Yes, U1.0 offers many programs and workshops throughout the academic year. Your participation will allow you the opportunity to meet other UW-Milwaukee community members who are also first-generation. For event details, follow us on twitter: @UWM1G.

If I have some suggestions for first-generation programming, who should I contact?

The IEC is ready and willing to hear your ideas! Mai Yer Yang is the professional staff in the IEC that coordinates U1.0 and is excited to hear from UW-Milwaukee’s first-generation students, faculty and staff. Connect with her today! Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. She can be reached at iecenter@uwm.edu or (414) 229-7234.