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First-Generation Scholars

Group photo of first generation students and supporting department


Around 56% of colleges and universities identify a first-generation student as "An Individual whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college degree."

What Does Being "First-Generation" Mean at UHCL?

At UHCL, being "first-generation" (or "first gen") is not confined to a specific definition or set of requirements. Often, time and resources are wasted while students question whether or not they belong to the "first-generation" classification. At UHCL, we do not want to alienate students from accessing resources. If you have questions about qualifying, contact us and we will connect you to resources because the student needs outweigh the need for a definition.

Additional Note:
Being "first-generation" is separate from other identities (i.e. racial/ethnic background, gender, orientation, socioeconomic status, ability); however, it is a condition that arises and is largely influenced by those lived experiences and has been interwoven with changes related to college access throughout the history of the United States (Nguyen & Nguyen 2018).

Resources for First Generation Students


  • Center for Student Advocacy and Community

    Phone: 281-283-2575

    SSCB 1.203
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

    CSAC Request Form