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 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 is 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 experiences 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 support and advocacy to first-generation students.
U1.0 offers various programs and resources such as the annual U1.0 Kickoff, First Gen Week, biweekly workshops and the U1.0 Textbook Scholarship. We also offer our “Putting Them First” training which provides a comprehensive look on what it means to be a first-generation student. For more information, please contact the Inclusive Excellence Center at (414) 229-7234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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, please refer to the drop down menu above or 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! Olivia Clifton 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 email@example.com or (414) 229-7234. For event details, please refer to the drop-down menu above which contains our event calendars for both U1.0 bi-weekly events as well as First Gen Week.